Auburn Hills – The Pistons enter Thursday's draft with a huge bargaining chip: Brandon Jennings.
The problem is, Jennings is coming off an Achilles injury, something that might hinder his speed. But if teams are convinced he has made a full recovery, the Pistons could move up to take Duke small forward Justise Winslow or Croatian shooting guard Mario Hezonja.
The Knicks, who own the fourth pick, and Magic, at No. 5, are taking offers to trade down — and could be willing partners.
In addition to the eighth pick, the Pistons will be looking for a backup center with the 38th selection (second round).
Leading candidates at No. 8
Stanley Johnson, F
Pros: He's young, aggressive and athletic. One of the better defenders at small forward.
Cons: He's an inconsistent shooter and struggles to finish against taller players.
Devin Booker, G
Pros: He's the youngest person in the draft (19), but the best shooter.
Cons: Lacks strength and athletic ability to prevent defenders from crowding him. Average ball handler.
Sam Dekker, F
Pros: He's long and lean, and a freaky athlete. He can shoot 3-pointers.
Cons: He's a streaky shooter and can get on a coach's nerves.
Trey Lyles, F
Pros: He can shoot from deep and does a lot of things well. A jack of all trades.
Cons: He was buried a bit at Kentucky and doesn't do one thing exceptionally well.
Justise Winslow, F
Pros: He can do a lot of things, but excels at shooting and defense.
Cons: Winslow might be out of reach, but is worth giving up Brandon Jennings to move up.
Mario Hezonia, G
Pros: He's a solid shooter and has a swagger that is intriguing.
Cons: Will he be there at No. 8?
Frank Kaminsky, F
Pros: He's intriguing. If the Pistons trade down, they can snag a guy who is dangerous inside and out.
Cons: Why add another below average defender?
Kristaps Porzingis, C
Pros: He can shoot from deep and run the floor.
Cons: The Pistons must trade up and give up too many assets.
Pistons select ...
Who other media outlets are projecting for the Pistons:
Bleacher Report: Mario Hezonja
CBS Sports: Stanley Johnson
Draft Express: Justise Winslow
ESPN.com: Sam Dekker
NBA.com: Willie Cauley-Stein
Netscout: Kristaps Porzingis
Sheridan Hoops: Trey Lyles
Sporting News: Stanley Johnson
SI.com: Devin Booker
USA Today: Justise Winslow
When: 7 Thursday, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
TV: ESPN Note: Five minutes between picks