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NBA Mock Draft: Detroit Pistons Select C.J. McCollum From Lehigh

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SB Nation's NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making or trading their "team's" pick. We continue with the eighth pick in the 2013 NBA Mock Draft with Detroit Bad Boys selecting Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum.


NBA Mock Draft Pick #8 -- C.J. McCollum, Guard, Lehigh

SB Nation's Pistons blog Detroit Bad Boys explains the pick:

Detroit has pressing needs on the wing, and each potential draft pick presents as many risks as they do rewards. CJ McCollum has an advantage in efficiency over a Shabazz Muhammad or a Michael Carter-Williams, and an advantage in positional utility over a Cody Zeller. If the Pistons can pencil in CJ McCollum as a third guard or eventual starter off-the-ball, this might be the draft option with the least risk. As for the reward-- the last time the Pistons selected a four-year combo guard from a small school with such blinding efficiency numbers, it panned out pretty well for the franchise. That guard, who shared McCollum's senior efficiency numbers down to the decimal, was Joe Dumars. The challenge for fans would be to avoid comparing McCollum to Knight or Stuckey, or ever expecting him to play the point.

SB Nation Scouting Report: C.J. McCollum

Updated 2013 NBA Mock Draft Board:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: NERLENS NOEL
2. Orlando Magic BEN MCLEMORE
3. Washington Wizards OTTO PORTER
4. Charlotte Hornets ALEX LEN
5. Phoenix Suns VICTOR OLADIPO
6. New Orleans Pelicans TREY BURKE
7. Sacramento Kings ANTHONY BENNETT (for Philly)
8. Detroit Pistons C.J. MCCOLLUM
9. Minnesota Timberwolves
10. Portland Trail Blazers
11. Philadelphia 76ers
12. Oklahoma City Thunder
13. Dallas Mavericks
14. Utah Jazz
15. Milwaukee Bucks
16. Boston Celtics
17. Atlanta Hawks
18. Atlanta Hawks
19. Cleveland Cavaliers
20. Chicago Bulls
21. Utah Jazz
22. Brooklyn Nets
23. Indiana Pacers
24. New York Knicks
25. Los Angeles Clippers
26. Minnesota Timberwolves
27. Denver Nuggets
28. San Antonio Spurs
29. Oklahoma City Thunder
30. Phoenix Suns