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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