Draft Buzz: Detroit Pistons narrow their choices in NBA draft
Posted by Dave Dial June 08, 2009 18:47PM
Aran Smith of NBADraft.net is reporting that the Detroit Pistons have narrowed down the field of possible draft picks when they have their choice with the 15th overall selection.June 8, NBADraft.net: The Pistons have supposedly narrowed their list of players they are considering to four and will pick from those at 15. Jrue Holiday has impressed Detroit and could be among the four players they have in their list.Jrue Holiday
has been projected to be selected in the middle of the lottery by Draft Express, but NBADraft.net has him slipping to the 24th selection
. I'm not sure if Holiday is one of the players Joe Dumars has his choices narrowed down to, but it seems like he may be more of a combo guard than a point guard.
Also of note in the same piece is that it's believed that Austin Daye has a promise from a team, in the top 20 picks, to be drafted.Austin Daye might have a promise in the top 20, in which case he should obviously remain in the draft.
Those close to Daye claim he is saying he has a promise in the top 20. However if that's the case it's curious that he would choose to continue to work out for teams, since the usual protocol is to shut down workouts to avoid an injury and keep quiet. One thing we have confirmed is that if he indeed does have a promise, it's not at 15 with Detroit, as some have projected.
According to Smith, there must be some word around that the Pistons are not interested in Daye, which will please some Piston fans. Eurocamp day two is finished and both Draft Express and NBADraft.net have their reports up. One of the players that has worked out for and drawn interest from Detroit has impressed some observers.June 8, NBADraft.net: Nando De Colo (11 PTS, 4-11 FG, 4 AST, 4 STLS)
(15 PTS, 6-11 FG, 3-4 3PT, 2 ASTS)
De Colo played in back to back games, and was able to play well in both contests. He continues to play the lead guard position and has proven that his passing ability is top notch. Off the dribble he may be limited because of his mediocre explosiveness, but he knows how to operate in the pick and roll and he makes good decision once he comes off the screen. His reliable outside shot is a big aspect of his game, because even if he doesn't shoot it all the time, defenders still have to respect him and play him close, which spreads the court and opens up the driving lanes for him and his teammates. De Colo has been one of the more impressive players thus far.
Draft Express was also very impressed with De Colo on day one. June 8, Draft Express: In the third game of the day, Patty Mills' very talented team was blown out almost right from the get-go by Nando De Colo's very French influenced team. Mills made plenty of shots but really struggled to control the pace of the game from the point guard position, not finishing particularly well around the basket and appearing to settle excessively for outside jumpers. His teammate Joe Ingles had somewhat of a nightmare performance, with just 1 point and 3 turnovers in 30 minutes.
De Colo on the other hand was absolutely sensational, showing incredible creativity and court vision with a series of highlight reel caliber passes. In one very telling sequence, he came up with a deflection and then in one single motion jumped in the air and flicked the ball backwards 40 feet down the court to a wide open teammate running in stride for an easy layup. What's scary is that that might not even have been his most impressive assist.
He also made a number of pull-up jumpers from all over the floor, while showing his ability to change speeds and utilize terrific hesitation moves creating his own shot and getting to the rim. What this game didn't tell us was how well he would fare against the bigger and longer athletes the NBA is known for, or whether he's capable of defending his position at the next level. Still, it was hard not to come away impressed by just how skilled and talented he is, and there is no question that he helped his draft stock today.
De Colo should be available when the Pistons select with one of their three second round picks, and maybe for all three. We will know more as we get closer to the June 25th draft. 17 more days and counting. Stay tuned...