The Pistons formally introduced their three draft picks this afternoon in Auburn Hills.
Team president and general manager Joe Dumars was joined on the dais by first-round choice Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and second-round selections Tony Mitchell and Peyton Siva. Each fielded questions before posing for a series of pictures with their new jerseys.
“Each guy brings something different something needed here,” said Dumars. “What we wanted to do going into this draft was get more athletic, we wanted to get tougher and we wanted to add shooting and at some level each one of these guys brings those attributes.”
Siva elicited some laughter when asked about the irony that he ended up with the Pistons while Trey Burke, whose Michigan team lost to Siva’s Louisville team in the national championship game, did not.
“Coming here, I didn’t really realize all the Michigan fans until I got some awkward looks when I was walking around,” said Siva.
Dumars interjected, “I got some awkward looks last night, too. Welcome to my world.”
“I think we’re both in a good spot,” Siva continued. “I think this is the best spot for me to come in and play under Coach Dumars and Coach Cheeks and under a great organization.”
The Burke theme was prominent once again during the news conference, as Dumars defended his decision to bypass the national player of the year and select Caldwell-Pope.
“You can’t do this job and make decisions based on what’s going to play well for the next 24-hour news cycle,” said Dumars. “You can’t be good at this and operate like that. We were going to stay disciplined in our plan and what we were doing. I understand all of the other stuff that comes with it, but you can’t be swayed by that.
“To do it right, you really have to be disciplined and stay the course on what you’re trying to do.”
Caldwell-Pope met with the Pistons this Monday and all parties involved knew Minnesota, slated to pick ninth, was very interested in drafting the SEC player of the year.
“We had a great meeting when I came here. We talked about a lot. We got to know each other,” said Caldwell-Pope. “(Joe) told me he really liked me. There was no feeling like they were going to select me, but being selected at eight was not surprising, (I was) just relieved. My heart was racing before I got picked, but after that I was just relaxed.”
"You have to do what you know, what you think, what you feel is really best for your team," said Dumars. "In selecting Kentavious, I knew that we needed that type of profile on our team. And in selecting someone like that, you want to make sure you select someone who's up for the task, who can handle whatever comes with those expectations. We really feel that way about Kentavious, the way he approaches the game night in and night out, he'll be up for the task."
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