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Detroit Bad Boys: NBA Draft 2019: Take a chance on bouncy Nassir Little
You know, the colorful balls of clay we played with as a kid. We rolled it, shaped it, molded it, creating whatever we could imagine. Well, I'm about to spend the next 500-or-so words comparing athletic North Carolina forward Nassir Little to Play-Doh.
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The 19-year-old Little stands 6-foot-7 and weighs in at 224 pounds.
He averaged just 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in his lone season at UNC, shooting 48 percent overall, 26.9 percent from 3-point range and 77 percent from the line. The free throw shooting gives hope that maybe his clunky jumper can be tweaked.
Fansided: Three point guards who could be Detroit Pistons next year
The Detroit Pistons are likely going to let Ish Smith walk this off-season. Along with this, Reggie Jackson could no longer be the starting point guard at the start of next season. After a strong season combined with becoming an expiring contract, the Pistons may look to cash in on Jackon's trade value if it has indeed raised.
Going back even to the beginning of last season, the Pistons found themselves involved in multiple trade rumors with point guards across the league.
The same rumors have continued among the Pistons community after Detroit was swept by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Detroit Free Press: Beard: Raptors the NBA champions? That's gonna take some getting used to
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It was an unkind ending to the Golden State Warriors' back-to-back title run, with three championships in four years. After getting DeMarcus Cousins in and assembling what some thought would be the best starting five in NBA history, the Warriors were decimated by injuries in the deciding game of the NBA Finals.
The Toronto Raptors are the NBA champions.
That's going to take some getting used to.
This whole NBA season and playoffs went off script, so nothing should have come as a surprise -- although seeing the Warriors without Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson in the fourth quarter ranks right up there.
Detroit Free Press: Pistons mailbag: Pistons remain coy on direction of their No. 1 pick
Auburn Hills -- There could be a method to the madness.
With less than a week remaining before the draft, the Pistons seem to be doing things differently this season, having only hosted a couple of potential first-round prospects in group workouts.
To this point, they haven't had likely potential wing targets such as Kevin Porter Jr., Romeo Langford, KZ Okpala, Cam Johnson or Keldon Johnson, though they have hosted Nassir Little, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Talen Horton-Tucker.
It's feeding the notion that maybe the Pistons are looking to trade the No.
Official Site of the Pistons: Tennessee's Bone dazzled at combine and expects NBA will draw out his athleticism
AUBURN HILLS - The Pistons go into the off-season with a few different horizons at play for their future at point guard.
Jordan Bone probably isn't a candidate to address the first of those, but he could be a part of solving the second.
The most immediate Pistons need is to replace Ish Smith with the second unit. Free agency is the most likely means to do so with Smith - himself a free agent - among the candidates in the mix.
If the Pistons can find someone who can take on Smith's role for 2019-20 with the possibility of shouldering more of the burden going forward - perhaps someone capable of starting if Reggie Jackson, a free agent in 2020, signs elsewhere - so much the better.
Fansided: Should the Detroit Pistons be involved in a three team Anthony Davis deal?
The Detroit Pistons are going to be looking at every option to add depth and improve their roster. One of those options includes making a trade.
The biggest and hottest potential trade that everyone is chattering about is one that includes Anthony Davis. Davis has made it clear that he has no intention of resigning with the Pelicans.
And multiple teams have looked to trade for him before the trade deadline. But the Pelicans did not like any offer that was proposed. The main teams looking to acquire Anthony Davis? The Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and the New York Knicks.
Detroit Free Press: Former Michigan guard Josh Bartelstein flourishes in a suit, not jersey, for the Pistons
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In basketball, the clock counts down to zero at some point. Whether it's high school, college or in the NBA, the end comes -- whether it's the kid who grew up playing in a park with no nets or for Michael Jordan.
Taking off the jersey for the last time doesn't mean that basketball ends, though.
Josh Bartelstein found life after college basketball.
Following a four-year career that began as a walk-on at Michigan ending with being named a captain and a run to the championship game in 2013. Bartelstein wasn't picked in the NBA draft like teammates Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr.
Detroit Bad Boys: Andre Drummond invited to USA basketball training camp
Andre Drummond is one of 20 players selected to join the USA Men's National Team training camp in August, USA Basketball announced.
The team will be coached by Gregg Poppovich of the San Antonio Spurs along with Warriors' coach Steve Kerr, Hawks' coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova coach Jay Wright.
The training camp is in preparation for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, which serves as a qualifying tournament for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The 32-team World Cup tournament begins Aug. 31 in China.
Fansided: Can Reggie Jackson replicate this past shooting season for Detroit Pistons?
Reggie Jackson had always been a ball dominant player. Detroit Pistons fans often grew tired of this playstyle, leading to many fans calling him a ball hog or attempting to play hero ball.
Whether these statements ever made sense, this was Jackson's reputation.
Jackson definitely was a player who needed the ball in his hands to produce. And for what it's worth, he was extremely successful at his playstyle when he first arrived in Detroit.
But, after suffering two back-to-back injury-riddled seasons and the arrival of Blake Griffin, it looked like Jackson was gonna have to change and adjust his playstyle.
Detroit Free Press: Rod Beard's NBA mock draft 2.0
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Many teams were impacted -- positively and negatively -- by the results of the NBA draft lottery. Among the winners were the Pelicans, Grizzlies and Lakers, who each beat single-digit probabilities to move into the top four.
The Pelicans were the big winners, getting the No. 1 pick, where they'll almost certainly take Zion Williamson, whom they'll look to pair with Anthony Davis for a star-studded frontcourt.
Detroit Free Press: 'It's not fair': Kevin Durant returns, injures Achilles with free agency on horizon
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Toronto -- Golden State forward Kevin Durant has an injured right Achilles, a massive blow for the perennial All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP who may be three weeks away from free agency and could also be facing a long rehabilitation process.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers was teary when he gave the news after Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night. An MRI will be performed Tuesday to determine the severity, but Durant's season is clearly over and his recovery will likely take several months if the Achilles is indeed torn.
Fansided: Reviewing similar draft night trades that the Detroit Pistons could make
The NBA Draft date is set for June 20th. The Detroit Pistons will be selecting with the 15th overall pick in the draft. Or at least that's what the scenario is right now.
The Pistons are stuck in a tough position. Do they want to trade the pick? Do they want to draft a young prospect? This is something that will be in the minds of the front office all day and everyday up until the time comes where they are forced to either trade the pick or draft a young prospect.
Draft night trades can really improve how a team performs.
Detroit Bad Boys: NBA Draft 2019: There's a lot to like about Romeo Langford
Although Romeo Langford's only season at Indiana University didn't go quite as planned, his versatility and athleticism cause most NBA folks to lick their chops dry. Throughout a large part of the college season, as the 6-foot-6 shooting guard was struggling to shoot the ball and lead Indiana to decency, he was largely slated to be a top 6 or 7 pick. However, as Langford's shooting struggles became a major cause of concern, he eventually slipped down the draft board. The Pistons, at pick 15, very well could see Langford still be available.
Overall, Langford's numbers at IU are far from poor.
Detroit Free Press: Pistons' first pick: Last 20 players drafted 15th in NBA
Caveat emptor. Let the buyer beware.
Picking in the 15th spot in the NBA Draft means a team had one of the worst record among playoff qualifiers. And that comes with another issue - picking in the middle of the first round.
Although there are no guarantees in the draft, the lottery picks do offer some high-end talent. But NBA scouts have to pick through the leftovers from the lottery at No. 15. Such will be the case for the Pistons, who finished 41-41 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Bucks.
Fansided: Detroit Pistons to play Dallas Mavericks in Mexico City in 2019-20 season
The NBA announced Friday the Detroit Pistons will be participants in the NBA Mexico City Games next season.
The Pistons will face the Dallas Mavericks at Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City on Thursday, December 12.
The San Antonio Spurs are matched up against the Phoenix Suns for the second of the two games at the venue in the 2019-20 season.
This game marks the first time the Pistons will travel outside of the United States or Canada for a game since 2013 when they played the New York Knicks in London.
"The Detroit Pistons organization is excited to be among four teams participating in the NBA's Mexico City Games 2019.