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Was Trey Burke Snubbed by Pistons?

Was Trey Burke Snubbed by Pistons?

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     You can see the question I posed, and based on the Twitter traffic on the night of the NBA Draft, many of you think that Burke was indeed overlooked by the hometown Detroit Pistons with the #8 pick overall..... The argument is a valid one because he was the Player of the Year, and he led Michigan to the National Championship game against Louisville thanks to clutch shots and big time leadership.  However, the argument for Burke is also one that is filled with emotion-- we all watched as Burke carried the Wolverines to new heights, and the idea of that type of success coming to Detroit made Burke very attractive...... but when emotion is removed from the selection, new and different criteria emerge.  Ask yourself if Burke would be the guy to lead Detroit to the NBA Championship?? Also ask yourself who was the last ROOKIE point guard that led his team to the title?? Knowing that the answers to those questions are "possibly" and "I can't remember", then perhaps Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the right guy.  Remember, the Pistons are also a long way under the salary cap so there will be cash to spend on free agents and this is the area where Joe Dumars selections will be critical-- because there's no room for another summer of Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon.

     There is a side of the Burke selection that I would have gone with..... after seeing that Utah was willing to give a 14 and a 21 for Burke, I would have selected Burke and made the deal for the 2 extra first rounder's-- zeroing in on getting the point guard and a shooting guard or active small forward.  Another deal I might have done, is to move up to 7th to get Ben McLemore-- the Kansas guard was the top pick on the Pistons draft board, and given the wacky nature of the first 5 picks maybe something could have been done there...... but the bottom line is this-- in a lackluster draft, the Pistons got some good pieces...... we'll see if it works out when these guys hit the floor.

     So instead of second guessing, let this summer be filled with the chatter of Detroit making savvy moves late in the free agent period, when other teams need to wiggle under the cap--- get yourself a quality point guard then and we all may be singing a different tune.  Remember, while the Pistons have some solid pieces now, the roster is still a work in progress and nowhere near championship caliber-- but when the season starts and all the player moves have been made, the hope is that things will look different.......... 

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