DetroitDon15 wrote: Crymson wrote:
BJK1 wrote:I agree that point guard or a big wing are more important positions. I’m just not very excited about the options at those positions where the Pistons will likely pick. Truth be told, I’m not all that excited about any of the options. They all have their warts. I just figured that with Obi, you’ll get a guy that can immediately contribute offensively, with a game that is very conducive to today’s NBA. In Okongwu, you get a guy with the tools to be an elite defensive player, with the athleticism and quickness to switch defensively all over the floor and the length and timing to be a great shot blocker face up or from the weak side.
Obi plays the same position as both Griffin and Sekou, and his ceiling is limited. Okongwu may well spend his career as a traditional center, and offense outweighs defense in an event in the current NBA. And offense, not defense, has sunk the Pistons season after season. They've ranked bottom-five in TS% in each of the past six full seasons and in nine of the past 11. They'll most likely end this season in 21st, which is a significant improvement but still flatly sucks.
This draft isn't strong, but there are some high-upside offensive players and the Pistons badly need to hit pay dirt on one of them.
If the Pistons resign Wood, I see no room for Obi. I think Wood is probably more of a 4 than a 5. If like to get Edwards or Ball. If neither is there, Hayes might not be a bad add. Pistons need scoring and play making. I don’t see more defense as the option at this point.
In today's NBA Wood is a 5. You can afford to have someone bigger on the bench to match up with bigger 5s that's less skilled and cheaper but there's nothing wrong with having a guy of Wood's size and skill set as your starting center. So I don't see that as being the reason not to draft Obi if that's who they otherwise value the most.
Next year's roster currently looks like:
PG: Brown, Rose
SG: Kennard, Khyri
SF: Sekou, Svi, Snell
C: Wood (if resigned)
- It's not important to give minutes to Snell at this point. If there are better players or players you want to develop then they should have obvious priority there.
- Khyri has shown nothing and his salary next year isn't fully guaranteed if he is waived before 7/6/2020. So it's a very real possibility he is almost gone. Not sure how covid plays into that though.
- Svi can be shifted to play some of the 2 if we end up short there.
- There's no way that Blake is playing a full slate of starter minutes next year given his injury history and coming off of surgery.
- We still have no idea what shape Kennard is in. Does anyone have any info other than 'tendonitis'?
- We still have 5 roster spots to fill even after our 2020 1st and if we resign Wood.
- Ideally we trade away Rose by next year's trade deadline if not this offseason.
So there's plenty of room for minutes for whoever they draft at any position.