Detroit Pistons 2007 Draft Preview
(Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons have lost two straight years in the
Eastern Conference finals and could be looking to make some personnel changes.
They won their third straight Central Division and were the top seed in the
East playoffs, but were eliminated by LeBron James and the Cleveland
Cavaliers, 4-2, in the conference finals.
Richard Hamilton led the Pistons in scoring (19.8 ppg) during the regular
season, while Rasheed Wallace grabbed a team-best 7.2 rebounds and point guard
Chauncey Billups dished out a club-high 7.2 assists.
Billups and veteran forward Chris Webber, who joined the team during the
regular season, may leave the team through free agency. Wallace, who averaged
12.3 points in 75 games, could be the subject of trade rumors during the
offseason, but will most likely be back with the club.
Unsung hero Tayshaun Prince had another excellent season. He played in all 82
games during the campaign, and posted 14.3 points, 5.2 boards and 2.8 assists.
Prince played his usual stellar defense and did all the little things that
make the Pistons successful. Forward Jason Maxiell showed a lot of potential
during the regular season and in spurts during the playoffs.
Detroit has a pair of first-round picks (15,27). The Pistons may look to
package the two to move up, or they may like what is projected to be their for
them to grab.
With the possible departure of Billups, Georgia Tech’s Javaris Crittenton and
Acie Law of Texas A&M may be on the radar at No. 15. Make no mistake, signing
Billups is the Pistons top priority in the offseason. However, the team may
elect to play it safe and get some insurance. Even if Billups re-signs,
Crittenton or Law would still be nice additions.
At No. 27, the Pistons may go foreign. Some names to keep an eye on are Ante
Tomic of Croatia and Spaniard Marc Gasol.
Key Player(s): Chauncey Billups (Guard), Richard Hamilton (Guard), Lindsey
Hunter (Guard), Jason Maxiell (Forward), Antonio McDyess (Forward), Nazr
Mohammed (Center), Tayshaun Prince (Forward), Rasheed Wallace (Forward),
Chris Webber (Forward).
Team Needs: Depth at forward and an outside shooter.
Draft picks: 1st round (15th overall), 1st round (27th overall), 2nd round