Friday, May 24, 2013
Why Pistons might target Bennett
By Tom Carpenter
The Detroit Pistons have had good luck in recent drafts, as Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and Andre Drummond all fell further than most expected and landed in the D. Now their frontcourt appears to be set with Monroe and Drummond, and while we don't know yet whether Knight is a starting one, a starting two or a combo sixth man, he figures to be a key to their plans going forward. That leaves obvious needs at guard and small forward as they head toward the draft.
One player whose name has popped up as an interesting option for the Pistons is UNLV's Anthony Bennett. He played power forward in college but may be able to roll at the three at the next level. Since he is recovering from shoulder surgery, it's possible that the Pistons could get lucky again and land another talented prospect this June:
Amin ElhassanThree best fits for Pistons
"Although he's injured with a torn rotator cuff, Bennett is a big-time talent who can play inside and out and would be a nice fit alongside either of Detroit's big men with the potential to develop enough for them to entertain moving one of them."
Chad FordMock Draft 3.0
"No. 8: The Pistons' biggest need is at the three, and if Bennett falls this far, I could see Detroit convincing themselves that Bennett could make the transition. While Bennett looks like a power forward, he can really shoot and handle the basketball. He has enough talent to be the No. 1 pick, but his recent rotator cuff surgery has caused his stock to slide just a tad. He'd be a great fit in Detroit and give the Pistons, along with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, one of the best young front lines in basketball."
Fran FraschillaTop forward? It's Bennett over Porter
"Bennett, who turned 20 in March, is one of the few players in this draft that has multiple-NBA All-Star Game potential, but he still has a lot to figure out. ... Ultimately, while [Otto Porter] has solid credentials and is considered a safe draft pick, Bennett has the attributes to be a star in the NBA. Taking Porter, who I think will be a starter in the NBA, is like hitting a double in the gap, while taking Bennett is swinging for the fences and trying to hit a grand slam. If Bennett connects, a team is getting a major building block for the next ten years and that, especially in the draft, will be hard to pass up."