2012 NBA Mock Draft: Meyers Leonard Goes No. 9 To Detroit In SI.com's Latest

Illinois center Meyers Leonard goes to the Detroit Pistons with the ninth overall pick in the latest mock draft from Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. Once considered a late first round pick, Leonard has emerged as a possible top-10 selection after impressing teams during workouts over the past few weeks.

Leonard could potentially give Detroit an impressive pairing in the post with Greg Monroe, as Amick writes:

The Pistons have been looking at the possibility of pairing emerging center Greg Monroe with North Carolina shot-blocker John Henson, but Leonard could provide a combination of interior scoring and defensive presence that they covet. Leonard's shot-blocking numbers aren't as impressive as Henson's, but the Illinois 7-footer's size and athleticism are intriguing to Detroit and he's been on the rise leaguewide for quite a while now.

Amick also notes that the Pistons are still considering two other big men, North Carolina's Tyler Zeller and Mississippi State's Arnett Moultrie.

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