Greg Monroe needs help. Who will the Pistons select to do just that?
If you've been living under a rock this whole time, this is how the mock draft has gone so far.
Before I make the pick, it's important to take a look at Detroit's roster and what they have left on their contracts.
Ben Gordon: 1 year, $12.4 million
Rodney Stuckey: 2 years, $17 million
Charlie Villanueva: 1 year, $8 million; player option for 2013-2014 for over $8.5 million
Tayshaun Prince: 3 years, ~$21 million
Jason Maxiell: Player option for next season at $5 million
Jonas Jerebko: 2 years, $9 million; player option in '14-'15
Will Bynum: 1 year, $3.5 million
Greg Monroe: team option for next two years worth over $7 million
Brandon Knight: 1 year, $2.7+ million, then hits the two-year team option period like Monroe.
So the Pistons have a ton of money tied up in some of these guys. Greg Monroe came into his own throughout the season, and Knight is still young enough to become a really good player in the league.
So without further ado, with the ninth pick in the NBA draft, the Pistons select John Henson, PF, North Carolina.
For me, the pick came down to Jeremy Lamb and Henson. The Pistons haven't shied away from length in the past, and both of these guys are long. But I chose the latter because I think the Pistons already have a logjam at the guard positions. I think Knight and Lamb could be a great backcourt tandem (or a terrible crime-fighting/lawyer duo a la Franklin and Bash-on TNT this summer!). I also want to point out that Jared Sullinger was a close third here.
At 6-10, Henson can be played with Greg Monroe and would have some time to develop too. Right now Jerebko and Villanueva are not interior forwards, and Henson would give the Pistons that dynamic.