Pistons host big men Gafford, Fernando, fighting to protect diminished turf for big men

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Pistons host big men Gafford, Fernando, fighting to protect diminished turf for big men
Pistons host big men Gafford, Fernando, fighting to protect diminished turf for big men

AUBURN HILLS – Daniel Gafford and Bruno Fernando are regarded as late first- or early second-round draft choices. So what were they doing at Tuesday's draft workout for a Pistons team that picks in the middle of each round? In the best of circumstances, trying to impress enough to get the front office to invest the No. 15 pick in them. In the worst, trying to ensure that the NBA's growing comfort with fielding lineups devoid of big men prevents them from slipping past the 45th pick. Both are sophomores who flirted with the idea of the draft a year ago. They're almost identical physical specimens – Gafford a quarter-inch taller at 6-foot-10½ and a few ounces heavier at 237.6 to Fernando's 237

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