SBNation.com is conducting a 2011 NBA mock draft involving bloggers from the 30 different NBA teams. Each blogger is serving as the general manager for the team they cover and making a pick or picks for the mock first round of the draft.
For the Detroit Pistons, the general manager in this mock draft is Matt Watson of Detroit Bad Boys. He selected UConn point guard Kemba Walker, and below is a bit of his explanation for the pick.
What the Pistons truly need is a defensive anchor in the paint who can focus on protecting the basket and snatching rebounds. Or perhaps a replacement for Tayshaun Prince, who's likely played his last game in Detroit. Or maybe a true point guard so the Pistons can end the Rodney Stuckey experiment.
But since Bismack Biyombo, Kawhi Leonard and Brandon Knight are off the board -- and guys like Jan Vesely and Tristan Thompson are either a project or a reach -- Walker is the value pick. He's safe. He's going to be productive from Day 1, even if he is currently redundant.
Head on over to SBNation.com for a look at all of the picks in this blogger mock draft.