2015 NBA Mock Draft: Detroit Pistons Select Mario Hezonja
Detroit Pistons Draft Mario Hezonja
May 22, 2015
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The Detroit Pistons ended up with the eighth overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, and they desperately need somebody who can shoot the basketball. The Pistons 34.4 percent shooting percentage from deep was below league average and very few guys on this team can create their own shot.
Well, meet Mario Hezonja.
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Hezonja is from Croatia and just turned 20 years old in February. Hezonja can score from anywhere on the floor, is comfortable putting the ball on the ground and has NBA range from downtown. We’re talking about a guy who shot 45.3 percent from the field and 36.9 percent from deep in his three years with Barcelona. Hezonja is a natural offensive player who should have little problem translating to the NBA level.
Sure, Detroit has been burned by European players in the past, as the selection of Darko Milicic still haunts this fan base, but that’s not enough to prevent me from pulling the trigger here.
The Pistons struggled mightily in the half court offense last season and made it rather easy for defenses to take away their biggest weapons in Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. Assuming Monroe resigns with Detroit, the team still needs a guy who can create for others and spread the floor. That’s Hezonja. Heck, even if Monroe leaves due to free agency, the Pistons still need an offensive go-to guy to get this offense out of the mud. After all, only the New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets and Philadelphia 76ers shot a worse percentage (43.2) from the field last season.
Small Forward is also the Pistons weakest position after being forced to settle for old vets in Tayshaun Prince and Caron Butler. Prince is likely going to bolt for a contender this offseason.
Adding Hezonja would give the Pistons one of the better backcourts in the league, especially if Monroe decides to resign long term.
It’s time to put the Milicic days behind you, Detroit.