AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Pistons picked Colorado shooting guard Spencer Dinwiddie with the No. 38 overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.
The Pistons went into the night without a first-round slot, giving up the No. 9 pick to Charlotte to complete a previous salary-cap saving trade for Ben Gordon. First-year executive and coach Stan Van Gundy said earlier in the week he would be willing to move back into the first round if a team with one of the last picks would be willing to give it up for a future second-rounder and cash. That potential trade did not happen and the Pistons went with Dinwiddie early in the second round.
Dinwiddie's specialty seems to be shooting.
He averaged 14.7 points last season as a junior. Over three seasons, he connected on 39 percent of his 3-pointers, making 115beyond the arc in his career. Dinwiddie's college career ended when he tore his left ACL during a Jan. 12 game and needed reconstructive surgery. The Los Angeles native has said he expects to be back on the court by August.
The 6-foot-6 Dinwiddie will have a shot to play a lot in Van Gundy's first season of leading the team on the sideline and from the front office. He was hired to replace president of basketball operations Joe Dumars and to succeed interim coach John Loyer.
The Pistons fired coach Maurice Cheeks past the midway mark last season with a 21-29 record and they finished 29-53, missing out on the playoffs for the fifth straight year.
They hope to surround 20-year-old center Andre Drummond, entering the third year of his career, with enough talent to win consistently for a change next season. Drummond's supporting cast will likely include forward Josh Smith, who signed a $54 million, four-year contract last year, and point guard Brandon Jennings, entering the second year of his $24 million, three-year deal. Van Gundy spoke highly of small forward Kyle Singler and power forward Jonas Jerebko, players who probably will be in his rotation.
Detroit does not know if power forward Greg Monroe will be back because he is a restricted free agent.
Last year, the Pistons drafted Georgia shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope No. 8 overall and passed over Michigan star Trey Burke, who played well as a rookie for the Utah Jazz. Caldwell-Pope capped a shaky season with 30 points in the last game of the regular season at Oklahoma City. He had not scored more than 17 in a game before that breakout performance and he averaged just 5.9 points.
When free agency begins next week, the Pistons plan to invest $13-plus million on three or four players in the hopes of addressing some needs instead of spending a lot in one player to fill one void.
Connect with Larry Lage at

Recent NBA Discussions

hey mike ? on Sun, Feb 2017 by Timmy1961
COLL PLAYS 4 SUN on Sun, Feb 2017 by Timmy1961
ADDED COLL PLAT 4 SUN on Sun, Feb 2017 by Michael Cash

Top NBA Public Bets

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Pelicans' own Davis hopes to lead West On the heels of a rather tepid Saturday in New Orleans, can the NBA’s marquee talents bring the Smoothie King Center to life this...
Thumbnail Thompson, Irving load up for downtown duel With Stephen Curry out of the mix this time around, a lot of people feel compelled to classify the 2017 3-point contest as a wide-open affair. Klay...
Thumbnail Magic phenom aims to dazzle New Orleans After narrowly losing to Zach LaVine 12 months ago, Aaron Gordon appears fully committed to winning the 2017 All-Star dunk contest. Will anyone else even put up...
Thumbnail A-listers hit hardcourt in New Orleans This weekend, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome belongs to the biggest names in hoops – for the most part. Various entertainers will hit the hardwood tonight,...
Thumbnail Celtics vs. Bulls Prediction The Celtics are red-hot but will the Bulls cash for bettors tonight when the two teams clash at 8:00PM ET?

NBA Team Pages