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NBA draft rumors: Pistons eye international talent pool

Ask the Detroit Pistons how well Kyle Singler worked out for them and you will understand why the team is talking international in terms of the 2013 NBA Draft.

A player like Texas' Myck Kabongo could be the next draft-and-stash candidate for the Detroit Pistons.
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No, Singler was not an international player. However, facing a logjam at the small forward position, the Pistons thought best to stash the emerging talent overseas in an effort to further his development.

Nearly two years removed from the 2011 draft, Singler's future in Detroit looks bright, and the Pistons may be looking to play the draft-and-stash game again. Armed with a trio of selections, the team has the flexibility to add a contributor or two while also increasing its talent pool with an eye towards the future. According to a Sunday report by David Mayo of

The Pistons are more likely to seek a player who can help next season at No. 38 but the No. 56 pick is perfectly positioned to gamble on one of many international players projected as borderline draft picks.

The position played by the No. 56 selection could be fluid, regardless of the positions played by the other two draft picks, if he is an international player who doesn't come in next year.

Among the players the Pistons might consider with that pick, if available, are Spanish shooting guard Alex Abrines, Brazilian power forward Augusto Cesar Lima, Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic and Spanish center Marko Todorovic.

While it makes more sense for the Pistons to take a player at No. 37, who will be in training camp, do not write off the possibility of the team dipping into the international pool just yet. An interesting mix of foreign talent could potentially be available when Detroit makes its first pick in the second found, including intriguing French prospect Livio Jean-Charles, Russia's Sergey Karasev and France's Rudy Gobert. All three come with high, albeit untapped, upside potential, and would be considered steals at No. 37.

At No. 56, things get a bit dicier. However, a player such as Texas' Myck Kabongo or Duke's Ryan Kelly might be swayed to spend a year abroad to hone their basketball skills before rejoining the team. Kelly, another former Duke standout, fits the mold of a stretch four a la Charlie Villanueva or Ryan Anderson, while Kabongo, two years removed from being considered one of the top point prospects, has international pedigree, having joined the Longhorns from Canada.

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