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Report: Pistons expected to take UNC’s John Henson at No. 9

Jun 28, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

John Henson speaks during a news conference for prospective NBA draft picks in New York Reuters

I’m higher on North Carolina’s shot-blocking forward John Henson than most, or at least most not wearing powder blue.

And if he falls to No. 9, which is highly likely, look for the Detroit Pistons to grab him, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Henson is the likely pick. The Pistons like his makeup and, despite concerns about his frame, he was able to gain nearly 40 pounds during his three seasons at North Carolina, so he figures to put the work in. He projects to be a plus defender, and with shot-blocking at a premium with the way the game is called now, Henson figures to be a contributor.

You can see Henson as a defensive and rebounding force next to Greg Monroe, them making a solid pairing going forward. Build from defense. Henson also showed offensive improvement each year at UNC and while he’s still raw he could develop into a respectable player at that end of the floor.

They may take Meyers Leonard or Andre Drummond (both also big men), but if it’s Henson I like the pick.

  1. adzs - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    I wonder what would happen if Drummond was still in the board come the ninth pick…things could get interesting 😀

    • adzs - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:40 PM


  2. lakerluver - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Joe D can not afford to get this pick wrong. Therefore, he should stay away from Drummond. He should take Henson. At worse he would be getting a guy who will rebound and play defense.

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