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5 Detroit Pistons Prospects We’ll Be Watching At The NBA Draft Combine

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The Detroit Pistons couldn’t get any luck on Tuesday night at the NBA Draft Lottery in Chicago, losing their first-round pick to the Los Angeles Clippers from the Blake Griffin trade.

We talk about what’s next, with host Matt Schoch talking about the five prospects he’ll be looking at this week as it pertains to the Pistons second-round pick.

We also break down the conference finals, including LeBron’s 0-2 deficit and Houston’s must-win Game 2.

We also go back to 2003 for a big series clincher in Pistons Playoff Playback and share some nice things the Pistons have been doing in the community since becoming Detroit residents.

Here are five players I’ll have my eye on this week for Pistons prospects:

  • Alize Johnson, Missouri State, forward: The biggest reason I’m keeping a close eye on Johnson (pictured) this week is because I’m writing a story about him for my former employer, the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, the local paper that covered him for the Bears. That aside, Johnson has the attitude and rebounding that could give the Pistons a spark. A JUCO product, Johnson could have the chip on the shoulder needed to elevate Detroit’s toughness factor.
  • Kevin Huerter, Maryland, guard: This is actually a pick that would make me upset. But, The Ringer NBA Draft Guide mock draft has Huerter going to the Pistons at 42. The Ringer describes him as “a sharpshooting wing with range from deep and a feel for playmaking.” That also could describe Luke Kennard, albeit at a much lower level. The Pistons need an attitude and defensive influx on the wings and I’ll keep an eye on if Huerter can fulfill those needs.
  • Brandon McCoy, UNLV, center: NBADraft.net, which has tailed off in relevance over the years, has McCoy going to the Pistons at 42. With Eric Moreland slated as the backup center right now, this could be an inexpensive way to upgrade at that position. A McDonald’s All-American a year ago, McCoy has the potential to be a real force offensively (although a project defensively) going forward.
  • Jontay Porter, Missouri, center: Mock drafts have Porter all over the place, ranging from the late teens to the early second round. In truth, there would have to be at least a little bit of a trade up for the Pistons to be in position to make this pick. The youngest player in the draft, he could be the best shooting big man in this draft down the road. Sounds like a nice pairing with Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin.
  • Tyus Battle, Syracuse, forward: With no first-round pick, the Pistons would be nicely served to take a swing for the fences in round two for a chance at an impact player. Jarred Vanderbilt of Kentucky could be one of those guys but has opted to not go to the combine this week. Battle might be the second-round prospect who best fits that mold, projecting as a nice shooter and playmaker, as well as a versatile defender.

A Royal Oak, Mich. native, Matt Schoch has been following Detroit sports since learning to read by using Tigers box scores in the Free Press. Schoch is a Central Michigan graduate who has covered the Olympics in Brazil, playoff basketball at MJ's house in Chicago and cricket matches in the Caribbean. After working for newspapers in Port Huron, Mich., Springfield, Mo., and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Schoch is now the host of Locked On Pistons podcast. Follow Schoch on Twitter at @Matt_Schoch_.

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Pistons Hit All The Right Notes With Pair Of Second Round Draft Picks

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The Detroit Pistons welcomed Khyri Thomas and Bruce Brown to the fold during Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Host Matt Schoch gives his thoughts on the moves, in addition to how the night unfolded league-wide.

We also look back to the 2005 NBA Finals and the deepest the Pistons even went into the calendar.

Check out Matt’s grading of the draft picks for the Detroit News.

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Dwane Casey Meets Detroit Media Angst At Introductory Press Conference

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Dwane Casey was introduced to the media — and vice versa — on Wednesday afternoon in downtown Detroit.

The new Pistons coach was met with the frustrated attitude around the team and handled it mostly in stride. Owner Tom Gores was a little less graceful, as discussed by host Matt Schoch.

We also get to know Malik Rose a bit, as Yahoo is reporting that the Atlanta Hawks executive and former San Antonio world champion player could be joining the Pistons front office soon.

We also look back to 2005 and one of the biggest wins of the Goin’ To Work era 13 years ago today.

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Three Pistons Needs And Second Round Fits From The NBA Draft

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The Detroit Pistons will be on the clock soon at No. 42 in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

We take a look at a handful of guys the experts project the Pistons to take, what their needs are in the draft and host Matt Schoch gives his dream scenario, along with a more likely selection at 42.

We also talk about what to expect from Dwane Casey this afternoon as he meets with the media at Little Caesars Arena for the first time.

Plus, a show/life update from our host and also a look back at a crushing and controversial Game 7 defeat 30 years ago on Thursday.

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