Kansas' Cole Aldrich a good fit for the Detroit Pistons?
Dime contributor Lucas Shapiro thinks Aldrich would be a good fit for the Pistons.
“The big man situation in Detroit is the worst in the league,” Shapiro writes. “They have virtually nobody who can handle guarding anyone like Dwight Howard, Al Horford or Joakim Noah in the Eastern Conference. Adding a piece like Aldrich would be a great start for the revival of their frontcourt. It would also enable Charlie Villanueva to become more of a threat from the perimeter. Although he may not be the answer to all of their big man issues, Aldrich would provide a solid foundation for another dynasty in Detroit.”
I’m not that high on Aldrich, but I don’t disagree with what Shapiro is saying. At 6-foot-11, 245 pounds, Aldrich will likely be a serviceable big man for years to come and a nice piece for a contending team.
However, he will not be the franchise player many Piston fans are hoping for in the draft. But the reality is now that Detroit is likely going to be selecting No. 7 or 8 (barring getting lucky or extremely unlucky by the draft lottery) getting a solid role player might be the best-case scenario.
The Pistons will have to decide if they want an NBA ready big guy like Aldirch or a project like Marshall’s Hassan Whiteside.
Earlier in the season Shapiro also thought Georgia Tech’s Derrick Favors would be a good fit for the Pistons.
“Face it, the Pistons could use anything right now,” Shapiro wrote back on March 8. “Their frontcourt does not feature any big names unless you consider Ben Wallace and Charlie Villanueva quality big men (which I do not). Favors would be a great start to reviving life in Detroit.”
Favors would be a nice pick for the Pistons, but the problem is he likely won’t be available at pick No. 7 or No. 8. Favors is projected to be selected as high as No. 3 by some experts, but most mock drafts have him in the 4-6 range. If he falls to No. 7 or 8 it would be a good pick for Detroit. The 6-foot-10 Favors is not as NBA ready as Alrdich, but has a much higher ceiling.