In a draft that is not stockpiled with many impact players, the Detroit Pistons should look to fill a need over best available player at the number eight slot.
Taking a look at the Detroit roster, they are loaded with guards. Will Bynum, Rodney Stuckey, Ben Gordon and Richard Hamilton man the guard position so perhaps selecting another guard is not in the best interest for the Pistons.
However, with an aged Ben Wallace and Tayshuan Prince – not to mention Prince’s future in Detroit cloudy – the Pistons should look to add some size to play alongside Greg Monroe, Jason Maxiel and Charlie Villanueva.
So with the eighth pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Pistons select . . . Marcus Morris from Kansas.
Let’s face it, Enes Kantur, Kawhi Leonard and Jan Vesely might be off the board by the time Detroit is on the clock and with Morris, Detroit can address the forward/center spot.
Morris averaged 17.2 points, shot 57% from the field, 7.6 rebounds in 28.3 minutes for the Jayhawks last season.
What makes Morris an even more appealing choice for Detroit is his 6’10” wingspan, 33 inch max vertical and he played three years at Kansas playing against solid collegiate competition.
He has an array of offensive moves in the post but can stand to improve his jump shot.
In the end, Morris makes the best sense and safest choice for Detroit.