2012 NBA Mock Draft: Detroit Pistons Select John Henson With 9th Pick

February 25, 2012; Charlottesville, VA USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward John Henson (31) celebrates after the Tar Heels game against the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena. The Tar Heels won 54-51. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Detroit Pistons select John Henson with No. 9 in Chad Ford's Mock Draft.

In Chad Ford's 2012 NBA Mock Draft, the Detroit Pistons select former North Carolina forward John Henson with the ninth overall pick. The order of the mock draft is based on the highest lottery odds, as the order of the draft has not been decided yet. The Pistons have a 1.7 percent chance of winning the lottery. Via Ford:

Analysis: The Pistons really need both length and athleticism in their frontcourt. We've had Jared Sullinger in Detroit the past few mock drafts, but I'm getting a sense that a player like Henson, or even Arnett Moultrie or Meyers Leonard, may have a better shot. All three seem like a bit of a reach at No. 9, but long athletes don't grow on trees and the Pistons might have to just take a risk here.

Henson, who declared for the NBA Draft after his junior season, averaged 13.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game.

For more on the Detroit Pistons, check out Detroit Bad Boys. All your NBA news and analysis can be found at SB Nation's NBA hub.

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