In the site’s most recent mock draft, posted very late on Monday night, NBADraft.net has Detroit passing on big men like Arnett Moultrie, John Henson, Jared Sullinger, Myers Leonard and Perry Jones — all players expected to work out for the Pistons before the draft — to take Lamb, a shooting guard from Connecticut.
It’s an interesting thought, given Detroit’s glut of shooting guard/small forward-type players and the team’s desperate need for help up front alongside Greg Monroe. But Lamb, 6-foot-5 with a 7-foot-1 wingspan, poured in 17.7 points per game last season and added 4.9 rebounds while picking up the slack in the wake of Kemba Walker’s departure.
The first eight picks in this particular mock are, in order: Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Thomas Robinson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Harrison Barnes, Damion Lillard, Bradley Beal and Dion Waiters.
Should the top of the draft play out like that, the Pistons would be have to be thrilled — not only would intriguing wings like Lamb and Austin Rivers be around, but so would a plethora of big men.
NBADraft.net runs through both rounds of the draft with each of its mocks. In Round 2, the site’s writers have the Pistons grabbing Oregon State shooting guard Jared Cunningham at 39 and Baylor power forward Quincy Acy at 44.