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Sunday, May 30th, 2010 at 8:00 am  |  33 responses

SLAMonline Mock Draft: Ed Davis, No. 7

Bringing back the ‘Bad.’

by Eric Woodyard / @eric32woodyard

While many things have stayed pretty consistent in the city of Detroit for the past decade, others have taken a big hit. Coney Islands are still popular, Belle Isle is still the hotspot, Detroit Tigers hats are still essential, and despite his untimely demise, rapper Blade Icewood still manages to get the crowds hype in the clubs.

The Detroit Pistons, that’s another story…

“I think that we’ve drifted from who we were. I think that we didn’t play with the same grit and toughness that we’ve played with over the past 10 years,” Pistons’ President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars said in a recent press conference. “That’s the whole focus right now for us is to get back to the grit and toughness that’s identified us for the past decade!”

Honestly, I don’t feel as though one draft pick will help them regain their old-school aura but I do feel one player can potentially push them in the right direction. After spending a hefty amount in the free agent market last season on Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva, the franchise is aware that this year’s draft pick will be very important. Gordon, was one of the top free agents of the summer when he signed a $55 million, five-year contract in leaving the Bulls and Villanueva inked a $35 million, five-year deal as he bid farewell to the Bucks. But there’s only one problem…the Pistons have been as lucky as Tiger Woods (as of late) in selecting the cream of the crop that June has to offer in this decade.

Pistons Draft Picks from 2000-2009:

• 2009: Austin Daye (Round 1, pick 15); DaJuan Summers (Round 2, pick 35); Jonas Jerebko (Round 2, pick 39); Chase Budinger (Round 2, pick 44)
• 2008: DJ White (Round 1, pick 29); Deron Washington (Round 2, pick 59)
• 2007: Rodney Stuckey (Round 1, pick 15); Arron Afflalo (Round 1, pick 27); Sammy Mejia (Round 2, pick 57)
• 2006: Will Blalock (Round 2, pick 60)
• 2005: Jason Maxiell (Round 1, pick 26); Amir Johnson (Round 2, pick 56); Alex Acker (Round 2, pick 60)
• 2004: Rickey Paulding (Round 2, pick 54)
• 2003: Darko Miličić (Round 1, pick 2); Carlos Delfino (Round 1, pick 25); Andreas Glyniadakis (Round 2, pick 58)
• 2002: Tayshaun Prince (Round 1, pick 23)
• 2001: Rodney White (Round 1, pick 9); Mehmet Okur (Round 2, pick 38)
• 2000: Mateen Cleaves (Round 1, pick 14); Brian Cardinal (Round 2, pick 44)

Looking back on their recent picks it’s clear to see that the PistoEd Davisns need help!

With the seventh pick in the 2010 SLAMonline Mock Draft the Detroit Pistons select…

Ed Davis from the University of North Carolina.

Lacking consistency in the frontcourt, the Pistons need a “true” big man. The sexy picks would have been DeMarcus Cousins or Derrick Favors but they have to settle for what they can get. Currently, the franchise is led by Ben Wallace, Kwame Brown, Austin Daye, Jason Maxiell and Charlie Villanueva (if he counts). Swingmen and guards dominate their roster.

Davis has been described by ESPN’s Chad Ford as a player who has “a nose for the ball and attacks the offensive glass. But he’s also not the most polished player in the Draft.” Despite his weaknesses, he may be the perfect choice for the Pistons. At 6-11, 225 pounds, Davis may be able to add a bit of intimidation towards the opposition with his huge frame. Although his averages of 12.9 points 9.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game weren’t the most impressive, he has tremendous room for growth. Under the tutelage of the Pistons, the sophomore from Richmond, VA could potentially bring back the “Bad” for the boys in the Motor City.

You be the judge…

2010 SLAMonline Mock Draft
Pick Team Player Pick Team Player
1 Washington John Wall 16 Minnesota
2 Philadelphia Evan Turner 17 Chicago
3 New Jersey Derrick Favors 18 Miami
4 Minnesota DeMarcus Cousins 19 Boston
5 Sacramento Greg Monroe 20 San Antonio
6 Golden State Wesley Johnson 21 OKC
7 Detroit Ed Davis 22 Portland
8 L.A. Clippers 23 Minnesota
9 Utah 24 Atlanta
10 Indiana 25 Memphis
11 New Orleans 26 OKC
12 Memphis 27 New Jersey
13 Toronto 28 Memphis
14 Houston 29 Orlando
15 Milwaukee 30 Washington
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  • Anton

    first and i AM GAY!!!

  • Lazarus

    hmm id probably take patterson over davis.

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  • http://www.dimemag.com Lucas Shapiro

    As much as I hate Davis, I got to say this is a solid option. I think he’s really raw but the Pistons really could use a guy like him.

  • http://slamonline.com niQ

    Hmm.. a little early for my taste. I figured the Pistons would need to pick up a Center. But I guess Ed Davis works too. Doesn’t he play PF though? I thought he has the same type game as Jonas Jerebko. Jerebko’s game is going to polish really nicely in a few years and I don’t know how drafting Davis would enhance that. Unless one of them plays SF. But then you’re still empty at the Center.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Patterson would be my pick as well, although you never know, Davis was being talked about as a top 3 pick last year had he come out, and he was injured this year. Could be a medium-risk, high-reward pick. Also, Davis is NOT 6’11″. Even with shoes on, at the combine he still measured at 6’9″.

  • Jake

    He doesn’t seem to be able to jump very well…maybe it’s just me.

  • LB

    Why did Dumars waste his cap space for two role players in Ben Gordon and Charle Villanueva? The smarter move would have been to save that space for a year and go after all the big names this year. The man brought a title back to Detroit, so he deserves a little slack, but you cant live off your past forever.

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    when you spend a 7th pick on a 6’9″ tops guy whose highlight reels is all dunks and putbacks, you’re in trouble, cuz that is the sure signs of a role player. there’s no star in detroit right now. no superstar. they gotta shoot for the moon with the pick. they already have a whole team of players who max out at “pretty good”.

  • CDef28

    JL you are right, and Detroit has already had that player in Amir Johnson. Dumars will not make the same move. LB that’s the obvious thing to say, and I agree. However, to think that Detroit could have gotten a top free agent is probably wrong. As a fan I just wish they would have kept the cap space and not have locked Villanueva and Gordon up for the next four seasons and Hamilton for the next three.

  • StF

    Detroit Needs a Center
    I see them taking Cole Aldrich

  • Atrain

    The surprising thing about the Villanueva/Gordon signings is that Joe D was plenty familiar with their games being in the same division. Both play no D, and are at best contributing role players off the bench.

    Im beginning to wonder if Bucks GM John Hammond was the real brains behind that Detroit run

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    Let’s not bash Dumars on this draft right now. He isn’t going to take Ed Davis. It’s not that Davis can’t have a good career, but Joe D isn’t going to risk making the same mistake yet again.

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    And by mistake I mean drafting fully/mostly on potential.

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  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    @StF – Cole ALDRICH!?! If that guy goes in the first 15 picks I will be SHOCKED. ha.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    Raw as sushi, his 225 pounds will NOT look forboding in the NBA lanes and he’ll get baited for quick fouls regularly. I see this guy averaging about 4 fouls a game in 19-23 mins.

  • sammy111

    If he is 6’11″ then so am I, and I’m not 6’11″

  • All Day

    Guarding Ed Davis will be like guarding Lamar Odom. All you need to do is force both to their right, because they have no game going right. They can only score going left.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    If Detroit is picking an offensively limited defensive minded player then Udoh should be the pick. He’s gonna help Detroit alot more than Davis. Davis is a more of a project, not that Udoh isn,t but Udoh isn’t very far from being an NBA sized center right now.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/retepadam Peter Nygaard

    They shouldn’t have traded away Budinger.

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  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    Put Jerebko’s motor in this guy’s body, and you have a future Hall-of-Famer. Ed Davis should’ve dominated as the lynchpin of UNC’s frontline last year. He didn’t, but I see a career rotation player in the Dale Davis mode.

  • http://www.euroleagueadventures.com Nick Gibson

    I think you’re right that the Pistons need a “true” big man, but nobody’s ever mistaken Ed Davis for one of those. Monroe’s obviously the guy they’re hoping slips, but after that it’s Aldrich or Udoh. If you draft Davis then Kwame Brown/Ben Wallace are still your only options at center. They don’t need Tyrus Thomas Part Deux.

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