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Ridiculous Upside 2001 ReDraft: #9, Deee-troit Pistons

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This is the season of our inactivity.  We are doomed by September to a life of boredom and pre-training camps. So we rounded up the rest of the SBNation homeys and some others, and we're ReDrafting the 2001 NBA Draft. Up next? The Deee-troit Basket-Ball Pistons. 

 

With the 9th pick in the 2001 SBNBA ReDraft, the Detroit Pistons, represented by Detroit Bad Boys, select:

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Zach Randolph, Power Forward, Michigan State University

Detroit Bad Boys says: In 2001, the Pistons had just witnessed Ben Wallace's breakout season at center. With the Joe Smith experiment soon to be over, though, they had a glaring hole opening up at power forward. For all of Zach Randolph's faults (and he has many), it's hard to pass on a guy capable of averaging 20 and 10 in his prime, especially when the guy anchoring the middle is an offensive black hole.

And who knows? Maybe coming up through Detroit's stable organization, playing next to Big Ben and living a stone's throw from his disciplinarian college coach Tom Izzo would have helped Randolph keep his head screwed on straight. (Either that, or it would have sabotaged Detroit's run of Eastern Conference Finals appearances that began in 2003. But it's definitely one or the other.)

Original Pick: Rodney White