Detroit has the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, and GM Joe Dumar has told reporters that the team will pick a player based on needs as the Pistons continue to rebuild in a methodical fashion.
The Pistons have a solid starting back-court and one of the best young centers in the league, so look for the team to add a couple of forwards through the draft, and with a deep pool of talent in this year's class, Detroit could find some good depth.
In round one, the team will look at add some size, and John Henson from North Carolina and Arnett Moultrie are the two best options. Henson is 6'10" and a quality defenser, but his offensive skills still need work. With a wing span if 7'4", he has the size to help in the paint with rebounding, making him a logical choice for a team looking for size.
Moultrie is more of an all-around player with good skills on both ends of the court. At 6'11" he has the size to play center if needed, but the athleticism to play in the wing. His draft stock raised after a terrific year at Mississippi State, and his upside makes him a good pick at the ninth spot in the draft.
The team will look for some scoring depth in round two, and Kim English from Missouri is a good option. English can play shooting guard or small forward, giving the Pistons some versatility, but his quickness leaves something to be desired and his defensive skills could become a liability, but as a bench player, he would give the Pistons what they are looking for in a player.
Detroit is an up-and-coming NBA team, and with a solid off-season, this team could challenge for a playoff spot in the East Conference next season.