Maurice Cheeks Needs Pistons to Draft Shabazz Muhammad to Turn Franchise Around

June 11th, 2013 by Benjamin Klein Leave a reply »

The hiring of Maurice Cheeks solves one of two major problems that face the Detroit Pistons. The other is the lack of future star power, which is expected to be taken care of at the 2013 NBA draft, where Detroit has the eighth overall pick.

The Pistons announced the decision to hire Cheeks on Monday, according to the team’s official Twitter account:

Cheeks is the former head coach of the Portland Trailblazers and Philadelphia 76ers, most recently serving as an assistant on the Oklahoma City Thunder staff for the last four seasons. Now, Cheeks, who is two games under .500 in his coaching career, will have a third try at running a team.

But the only way that Cheeks is going to be able to turn the francise around is if the organization lands a star at the draft. With the No. 8 pick, the Pistons are bound to have a couple of options as to whom to select. Various mock drafts have Detroit landing Michael Carter-Williams, C.J. McCollum, Anthony Bennett and Shabazz Muhammad.

While there are likely to be other options for the Pistons, those four college stars make the most sense, taking into ...

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