The Detroit Pistons over the last several years have become as dependable as the Detroit Red Wings when it comes to making the playoffs and being in contention. With the trade of Chauncey Billups to Denver sending him home for Allen Iverson, marked the end of an era and a sign of looking toward the future and keeping the Pistons contenders.
The 2009 Draft will be a piece of the puzzle in turning the Pistons in to legitimate contenders again along with some key free agent signings.
With Detroit’s 1st pick at the number 15 spot of the 1st round of the 2009 Draft the Pistons select Austin Daye, Small Forward from Gonzaga. Austin is cut out of the mold of Tayshaun Prince with a 6’10” frame with 190 lbs of weight attached. Austin, like Tayshaun, is blessed with a long wing span of an individual that was 7’3″. The knock on Austin is his potential lack of toughness and that he isn’t the greatest athlete but on the flip side he is a shot blocker that can score and is young. I wouldn’t call this a knock your socks off pick but I don’t recall us thinking Tayshaun was the best pick. I think Austin will fit in nicely and be a great complement to Tayshaun and the rest of the front line players but I am not sure we needed another Tayshaun.
The Pistons finished the draft with 3 more picks all in the second round. At the number 35 spot the selected Dajuan Summers, small forward from the University of Georgetown. Dajuan stand 6’8″ and weighs 243 lbs has muscular build, built for banging in the NBA. Although not rated as high as Austin I really like this pick. It put up some good numbers with Georgetown and can provide a good defensive presence.
At the 39th spot the Pistons drafted Jonas Jerebko. The stats on this relatively unknown is that he stand 6’8″ and comes in at 232. He can play either small forward or power forward. He is noted as being able to contribute offensively in the front court immediately and can provide a good defensive presence as well.
The final pick for the Pistons at the 44 spot was Chase Budinger. After the pick Chase was traded to Houston for a future second round draft pick and cash. This is updated from my previous post because I wanted to ensure I am providing accurate information.
The Pistons draft picks will provide a little assistance this upcoming season but unless one or two of these kids shine this draft will be noted as average at best. Joe Dumars is looking at adding some key free agents; let’s hope this happens to get this team back into contention for the East.