Next up in the 2013 SCIC mock draft? The Detroit Pistons. The Pistons have spent several picks on guards, including Rodney Stuckey in 2007 and Brandon Knight in 2011.
Despite those selections, the Pistons still don’t appear to have a true point guard. Plus, both Stuckey and Knight struggled mightily last season. Stuckey shot 40.6% from the field while Knight shot 40.7%.
This makes point guard a need in Detroit.
With Greg Munroe developing into an all star type of player and last year’s lottery pick, center Andre Drummond showing promise (he averaged 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in just 20.7 minutes per game as a rookie), the front court seems nearly set.
Detroit could obviously use a starting small forward, but with Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum still out there, he’s the pick. Not only does McCollum fill a need at point guard, but he’s probably the best player left on the board.
McCollum appeared in just 12 games last season after breaking his foot on January 5. In those 12 games, McCollum averaged 23.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
McCollum is most famous for leading Lehigh to an upset victory over Duke in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. McCollum had the game of his life against the Blue Devils, going off for 30 points on 10-of-16 shooting while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out six assists.
The Pick: C.J. McCollum, Point Guard, Lehigh, 6’3.25, 197 lbs.
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