Virginia guard Joe Harris (12). / Steve Helber/Associated Press
Chad Ford seems to agree with our very own Vince Ellis in his latest NBA mock draft.
Both have the Pistons taking Virginia shooting guard Joe Harris at No. 38 overall in the second round.
“Pistons boss Stan Van Gundy wants shooters and he needs players who can play right now. Harris is tough and one of the best shooters left on the board. He could be an immediate impact player for Detroit,” Ford wrote.
Harris doesn’t project as an athletic shooting guard but, as Ford wrote, he can shoot, which is what the Pistons need most. He shot 44.1% from the field in 2013-14 with the Cavaliers, including 40% from 3-point range. He also averaged 2.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.9 steals per game.
Other locals on Ford’s mock draft 9.0:
■ Michigan guard goes No. 10 overall to the Philadelphia 76ers. “Of the shooters who are on the table, Stauskas, Harris and Young all seem to be in the mix here. Stauskas gets the slight nod here,” Ford writes.
■ Michigan State guard Gary Harris goes No. 13 overall to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Ford writes: “If they keep the pick, they’ll look for a shooter. Stauskas is a favorite if he’s here. If he’s not, they choose between Harris, James Young, Rodney Hood and Adreian Payne. Of those four, Harris has the ability to make the biggest impact now. He’s a player who can get it done on both ends of the court.”
■ Rochester’s James Young, a forward out of Kentucky, goes No. 14 overall to the Phoenix Suns.
■ Michigan State big man Adreian Payne goes No. 16 overall to the Chicago Bulls. Ford writes: “They need shooting and help in the paint. Payne is the rare player who can do both.”
■ Michigan big man Mitch McGary goes No. 26 overall to the Miami Heat. Ford writes: “The Heat got beaten up in the paint in the playoffs. McGary, when his back is healthy, is tough, physical and plays with great energy.” Here’smore on McGary working out with the Bucks.
■ Michigan forward Glenn Robinson III goes No. 31 overall to the Milwaukee Bucks, where his dad used to play. Ford writes: “Robinson would give the Bucks yet another long, athletic player — this time a player caught between the 3 and the 4. Robinson is another high-upside player who could be terrific if he ever gets a jump shot.”