March 10, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Detroit Pistons point guard Jose Calderon (8) moves the ball up court against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Draft Results: Evaluating Detroit Pistons Free Agent Needs

Now that the 2013 NBA draft has concluded, how do the Detroit Pistons draft choices effect their free agent needs.  The Detroit Pistons draft choices seemed to create more questions than it filled holes. Joe Dumars and the Pistons failed to seriously address the Pistons biggest team need, point guard. They did draft Peyton Siva late in the second round but players drafted that late rarely make an impact on their teams as a starter. So will the Pistons address the point guard position in free agency?

Well that depends on what you believe.

Joe Dumars has been telling the media this offseason that Brandon Knight would move to the two spot.  After hearing that, naturally fans assumed that he would draft a point guard.

Then Dumars picked a shooting guard with the 8th pick. He later described the selection as filling a team need.  So if  shooting guard was a team need, then where is Brandon Knight going to play this season. Surely, Dumars didn’t blow a lottery pick on a back-up shooting guard.

So in evaluating team needs, we have to assume that Brandon Knight will be given every opportunity to develop at the point this season.  So how will the Pistons spend their over 20 millions dollars in cap space?

  1. Small Forward – The Pistons still need a wing that can score.  They drafted Tony Mitchell early in the second round but his skill set is more defensive than offensive.  They will have to chase one of the scoring small forward in the draft to fill the need.  Josh Smith from Atlanta and Martel Webster from Washington.
  2. Point Guard – If Brandon Knight can’t handle the point effectively (my guess is he wont) the Pistons need a distributor at the point. Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis and Mo Williams could effectively run the offense and get the other Pistons involved.
  3. Veteran Big Man – Picking up a Veteran big man to mentor Andre Drummond and Gre Monroe wouldn’t hurt and will probably enhance the performance of the Pistons Turnt-up Twins.

Now it’s your turn, who do you think the Pistons should target in free agency?

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