COMMENTARY| Now that there are a few established first-round targets -- or those on fans' wish list -- for the Detroit Pistons, it's time to look at a potential second-round pick of the 2012 NBA Draft: Former Syracuse Orange standout Kris Joseph.
The 6-foot-7, 215-pound small forward could be a complement to the Pistons offense. He's quick, has a long reach (standing 8-8, wingspan 6-11) and showed the ability to slash his way to the hoop while at Syracuse. And according to MLive.com Pistons beat writer David Mayo, Joseph is scheduled to visit the Pistons two days (June 26) before the draft (June 28).
Joseph wouldn't be a bad addition to the roster, depending on who is available. Obviously, the main target is an athletic, tough and big-bodied center, or, at the very least, a defensive-minded power forward who can score (North Carolina's John Henson?).
Joseph has an arsenal of mid-range jump-shots, but his ability to torch his way to the hoop is by far his best asset -- that and his 3-point shooting. He made just over 36 percent of his 3-pointers as a junior and about 35 percent of them as a senior, in addition to averaging just under 14 points, five rebounds and two assists in 2011-12 for Syracuse, which lost to Ohio State in the Elite 8.
He's gained weight, according to scouting reports, which really didn't hold him back much. He runs three-quarters of the court in respectable 3.46 seconds.
Pistons fans shouldn't hold their breath or get too high on the possibility of Joseph falling to the second round. He might go late in the first. However, he'd be an adequate addition to coach Lawrence Frank's squad.
So far, a young Pistons lineup could look something like this -- after the draft, of course.
C -- Andre Drummond, UConn (2012 first-rounder?)
PF -- Greg Monroe
SF -- Kris Joseph, Syracuse (2012 second-rounder?)
SG -- Brandon Knight
PG -- Rodney Stuckey
As mentioned above, I believe the Pistons will strongly consider taking a center in the first round. Illinois' Meyers Leonard is a possibility, and so is North Carolina's Tyler Zeller. Initial reports suggested Drummond would be off the board by the time the Pistons picked at No. 9. However, he could fall into Detroit's hands.
Adam Biggers has followed the NBA for over 20 years, specifically the Detroit Pistons. He can be found on Twitter @AdamBiggers81.
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