Media analysis of our draft

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  1. Ozarkruffrider

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    Guys, just thought it would be interesting to see what media outlets (local and national) said about our draft.
    This article is from a guest author from SpartanNation:

    Don’t Criticize Dumars Over Responsible Draft

    By Max DeMara

    In this shoot first, ask questions later landscape that we as fans sometimes occupy, it’s important to take a step back when analyzing the Pistons 2008 draft class.

    Rarely, outside of the top players available and lottery picks, are there budding superstars just waiting to be selected in the middle and late stages of the first round. There are exceptions, as in any draft, but the majority of these players are projects waiting to be molded in Europe, the developmental league, and their NBA team’s bench. Fans are completely consumed by sexy names of college players they have been exposed to by CBS, ESPN and big time tournament play. They become agitated when teams pass on these players for projects or lesser known talent from small schools. Such was the case last night as the Pistons picks rolled in.

    First, they selected D.J. White at pick 29 in the first round. He didn’t last long in the Pistons organization as they spun him off to Seattle for two more picks in the second round. Fans wondered why Joe Dumars would make such a move, trading a reigning Big Ten player of the year winner for essentially what many assumed would amount to lesser talent. Detroit product Chris Douglas-Roberts slipped into the second round and the Pistons passed on him for Walter Sharpe, a 6-9 question mark from UAB. Later, they passed on super talented but injury plagued Bill Walker for BYU center Trent Plaisted. Near the end of the draft, they selected Deron Washington, a hard-nosed defensive minded Hokie. Some fans were left to wonder why the Pistons would pass on Douglas-Roberts and other big name talent for lesser known players. The answer is simple; these players fit their system, are affordable and can be groomed to become solid contributors.

    The Pistons track record with the draft (with the exception of the Darko fiasco) is extremely solid. They have developed Tayshaun Prince, Rodney Stuckey, Aaron Afflalo, Jason Maxiell and Amir Johnson to become solid NBA talent. Each of these guys had something to prove, coming in with chips on their shoulder and several question marks but also having the reputation for being hard working players and good teammates. Nothing about this latest edition of Pistons draft picks is different. Each one of these players can be developed.
    One or two may even come out of the woodwork to surprise us in the future and be solid NBA talent. If not, there has been little money invested in them with no guaranteed contracts going to second round picks. It’s a brilliant win-win situation for a team who drafts and develops as solidly as the Pistons.

    Anyone who seriously thought the Pistons summer of changes hinged on the draft alone was mistaken. The fun will take place over the next few months as the Pistons look to shake up their roster and make the important changes within trades and free agency. This draft was simply a way for the team to play around and take some fliers on super talented but misunderstood prospects.

    Joe Dumars drafts with a low risk, high reward philosophy. Drafting as low as they do every year, this is something that Pistons fans should surely appreciate.
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    From DraftExpress:

    DETROIT PISTONS
    Picks: Traded rights to D.J. White (No. 29) to Seattle for rights to Walter Sharpe (No. 32) and Trent Plaisted (No. 46); Deron Washington (No. 59).
    Grade: C-
    Even though the Pistons really didn’t have a whole lot to work with here, it’s hard to come away overly impressed with what they did on draft night. They traded their first-round pick for the rights to Walter Sharpe (a big talent with major red flags) and Trent Plaisted, who will join Deron Washington in Europe next season.
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    From ESPN/Chad Ford:

    Detroit Pistons Grade: B
    [​IMG] Round 1: None

    Round 2: Walter Sharpe (32), Trent Plaisted (46), Deron Washington (59)

    Analysis: No one knows if Sharpe will be a stud or a bust. But I like the pick just because it's Detroit president Joe Dumars being bold, as usual, trying to reach for greatness. Sometimes things don't pan out, but he keeps trying.Plaisted is solid at No. 46, and Washington is a great athlete who will probably play overseas.
    Sharpe will be the guy to watch, and since he's such a gamble, I'm not sure how to grade the pick. But for boldness, it gets a B.
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    Sam Smith of Sporting News:

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    Detroit Pistons. The team got out of the first round -- and subsequently guaranteed money -- but did add a few high second-rounders (Walter Sharpe, Trent Plaisted). It's a good non-risk for a team that's happy with the veterans and kids they have.
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    I see that others outside of some fans perceive this years draft as a move indicative of Joe being "happy" with what he has.
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    I think he is happy with the kinds he has, not necessarily the vets. Another good example of why Amir should have played more last year because you still don't know what he is going to do.

    Keep an eye on how White does in Seattle.
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    I'm keeping an eye on what Joe does here rather than on White.

    Bottom line, we have a DJWhite with experience, JMax, and we don't have to worry about fitting him in.

    I'd keep an eye on Amir and Afflalo and see how their roles evolve.

    Stuckey is almost a given at this point with how he contributed at the end last season.

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