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NBA Mock Draft: Pistons Take John Henson In Pre-Lottery Mock

The NBA Lottery will take place on Wednesday evening when all of the teams in the bottom 14 of the league will find out where exactly they will be picking in the Anthony Davis sweepstakes. It hasn't happened yet, so there's still time for a mock draft or two with the teams picking in the order of how likely they are to get the first overall pick rather than the pick they'll actually end up with.

The Detroit Pistons have the ninth most combos in the lottery and so probably won't be sniffing the top where they can get Anthony Davis, but there's still plenty of talent at ninth overall where DraftExpress has the Pistons picking up John Henson out of North Carolina.

DraftExpress' scouting profile of Henson shows the power forward as having a unique and still growing game, as he improved his skills every single year he was at UNC:

John Henson has steadily improved his game in each of his three seasons in Chapel Hill, but the former top-5 high school recruit is still nowhere near his potential, which is scary given how key a role he already plays on one of the best teams in college basketball.


On the offensive end, Henson has greatly improved his post-game in his three years at UNC, and has developed a solid go-to move in his unorthodox left-handed hook shot, which he uses far more often than his natural right hand. Henson's post game is unconventional in style, something that stems largely from his very unique physical characteristics, namely his very long legs and superb coordination and balance for his size.

The site ranks Henson as the 11th best prospect in the draft overall. If Detroit gets lucky, they may find themselves with a far better group of prospects in the top couple of picks after the lottery on Wednesday night is over.

For more on the Detroit Pistons, head over to Detroit Bad Boys. More news and information on the NBA in general as the draft approaches can be found over at SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.