The 2009 NBA Draft is now complete and now it’s up to the analysts from ESPN and SI and all the other places to debate the best picks and give each team a grade.
The Pistons didn’t take any big name players in the 2009 NBA Draft but they got some interesting prospects as they try and rebuild into a title contender.
How did they do? Let’s discuss.
2009 NBA Draft Team Grades: Detroit Pistons
Here is a list of all the picks Detroit made and a grade for each player plus a Pistons team grade.
Austin Daye: The Pistons gambled on the lanky 6’11, 195-pound forward from Gonzaga but it was a good gamble. Daye reminds many of Tayshaun Prince in that he’s not super quick but quick enough to do well on defense combined with his incredible wingspan. He can also hit threes.
Detroit won’t be getting a superstar any time soon so they will try to re-create their 2004 formula and get a swarming team of long-armed defenders. Good move because Daye can play the 3 or 4 spot. This was the best pick they could have made here.
Draft Grade: A
DaJuan Summers: Some compare the 6’8 1/2 Summers to Rashard Lewis. Summers is an average ballhandler but a good shooter with great range.
He must get more than the 4 rebounds he got in college though. He can play the 3 and maybe the 4 spot in the NBA in time. Summers is a great athlete who shoots well but didn’t play up to his potential. He’s a good roll of the dice pick for Detroit.
Draft Grade: B
Jonas Jerebko: The Swede joins the Pistons in the second round. He was projected by many to be a first rounder but he fell a bit. The Pistons have one of the best international scouting departments in the NBA so they must like this kid. He is a good defensive forward who should play hard because he is carrying the banner of an entire country and in an ESPN chat seemed excited about heading to Detroit.
If he doesn’t seem ready Detroit can stash him overseas for a little while, too, giving them flexibility.
Draft Grade: B+
Chase Budinger: He was traded to Houston but seemed like a good candidate to help offensively off the bench this year with his shooting and athleticism on offense. Houston gives up a future 2nd rounder and cash.
Draft Grade: C-
Overall Pistons 2009 NBA Draft Grade- B+
The Pistons have a tough job ahead of them turning back into a contender in a star-studded league but they are making the right steps toward putting together and athletic team that can shoot from deep on the floor with their 2009 draft picks.