Pistons, Bulls Busy During Draft
Friday Jun 27, 2014 12:00am
Pistons take Dinwiddie in NBA draft
(UNDATED) - Spencer Dinwiddie didn’t hesitate. When he was asked to identify his position late Thursday night, the Colorado junior was emphatic. He said he views himself as a pure point guard after being selected by the Detroit Pistons with their second-round pick, 38th overall, in the NBA draft on Dinwiddie. The record will show that Dinwiddie, 21, was the first pick of the Stan Van Gundy era of Pistons basketball. The Pistons get a talented guard with size that is able to get to the rim, distribute and score, a talent growing more and more important in today’s NBA of pick-and-roll basketball. Dinwiddie could have been picked higher except for a left anterior cruciate ligament injury that forced him to miss the last 18 games of his junior season at Colorado. He is still recovering and won’t be able to play when the Pistons take the floor for summer league in two weeks. Dinwiddie and the team offered no timetable. He had the surgery in January and when you consider the recovery period, it’s fair to say his debut could be long delayed. Still, the Pistons were very comfortable taking a bit of a gamble on Dinwiddie. Before his injury, Colorado was 14-2 with Dinwiddie leading the way with 14.7 points and 3.8 assists per game.
Bulls make trade for McDermott
(CHICAGO) - The Chicago Bulls got their man, trading their two first-round picks for sharp-shooting forward Doug McDermott, who was taken 11th by the Denver Nuggets. The deal also will send Anthony Randolph to Chicago and a future second-round pick to Denver. The Bulls were high on the former Creighton star all season, scouting him a number of times. They were also looking for a trade partner for the 16th and 19th picks to shave money off next year's salary cap. While the Bulls pursue free agent Carmelo Anthony, getting McDermott addresses one of their biggest needs: shooting and scoring. McDermott was the consensus college player of the year during his senior season, averaging 26.7 points, shooting 52.6 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3-point ranger. McDermott is the fifth-highest scorer in Division I history with 3,150 points, and he is a career .458 shooter from 3-point range. McDermott could play the post in college, and was measured at 6-foot-7-3/4 with shoes on at the NBA draft combine. With the 16th pick, Chicago took Bosnian center Jusuf Nurkic and then took Michigan State guard Gary Harris at No. 19. Both players were shipped to Denver as part of the deal.