Cousins Detroit-bound in NBA draft?

Detroit Free Press columnist Vince Ellis seems to think the Pistons have a big-time interest in Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins even though they will be picking No. 7 in next month's draft.

Detroit Free Press columnist Vince Ellis seems to think the Pistons have a big-time interest in Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins even though they will be picking No. 7 in next month's draft.

Ellis wrote on his blog that the Pistons might be able to draft Cousins if they move up a few spots in the draft order via a trade. However, he also speculated that because Cousins didn't seem to help himself at last week's predraft combine that the 6-11 center could still be available when the Pistons pick.

But try this scenario. What if the Pistons stand pat, Cousins goes in the first five picks as projected and they still want a center. How about UK freshman Daniel Orton?

"You never know what could happen," Ellis admitted. "If they trade down, which they could do, then I could see them looking at him and maybe drafting him. He is going in the first round. And he could even go in the lottery (first 14 picks). He's a center and that and point guard are what most teams look for because they are the hardest spots to find. I've not really heard a lot about Orton and the Pistons, but there are scenarios where you could make a case for that happening and I would think he would definitely come for a workout.

"The Pistons might shop the pick and move down in the draft. They talked to a lot of players at the combine like every team does. A lot of times teams talk to players they have no intention of drafting just in case a trade might come up later or they have a chance in a year or two to get the player. You never know exactly what might happen."

You could and remember that the Pistons were one of the first teams to show interest in Orton. In fact, Detroit scouts might have been the first to speculate that Orton could be a first-round draft pick if he left UK — and that was in January when I heard that talk.

Ellis did say that UK fan favorite Patrick Patterson helped himself immensely at the predraft combine from all he heard.

"He's a good person, and teams like that. But they also liked that he was not afraid to work out," Ellis said. "He showed them he was willing to compete and showed that he wanted to play.

"Players don't work for agents. Agents work for them. If a player wants to work out, he should. Patterson obviously wanted to work out and helped himself. Now if I am John Wall, there's no point in doing anything. But Patterson had something to prove and did it."

Ellis says Cousins did the opposite when he failed to impress NBA executives with his interviews and showed up weighing 291 pounds with 16.4 percent body fat, the second highest total of the 52 players at the combine.

"He comes across as a fun-loving kid, but there are just a lot of questions about his maturity," Ellis said.


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