ESPN's Chad Ford, known best for his mock drafts, has released his 2011 NBA Draft grades. The highest grade he gave out is an A, which a few teams received. Many teams received an A-, including the Detroit Pistons.â†µ
Ford's reasoning for giving the Pistons an A- is based on taking the best talent available in the first round. Detroit selected Kentucky guard Brandon Knight, who slipped to the No. 8 pick. Ford says that he applauds Joe Dumars for not hesitating to take the best available player. Dumars can worry about fitting him in at a later date, but the main thing is the Pistons added a very talented guard on Thursday night.â†µ
Ford might have given the Pistons an A if they selected someone other than Kyle Singler with the 33rd overall pick, but in general Ford wasn't too down on the selection.â†µ
I'm not in love with the Singler pick, but I also can't argue definitively that there was a better prospect for the Pistons to take at No. 33. You can't teach toughness and Singler has loads of it. If he ever becomes a consistent shooter, he could be a threat.â†µ
If Singler does find a consistent shot, he could go from someone that is expected to be only a bench player to perhaps being a big contributor down the road.