NBA Draft 2010: Why Cole Aldrich is Better Fit for Pistons Than DeMarcus Cousins

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJune 21, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 13:  Cole Aldrich #45 of the Kansas Jayhawks cuts a piece of the net after the Jayhawks defeated the Kansas State Wildcats to win the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship on March 13, 2010 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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As the 2010 NBA Draft approaches, there are many uncertainties as to where some players will fall.

The first three picks seem to be falling into place with John Wall heading to the nation's capital to play for the Wizards, Evan Turner potentially replacing Andre Iguodala in Philadelphia, and Derrick Favors becoming Brook Lopez's new sidekick in the post in New Jersey.

However, after that there are many scenarios which could come into play.  One of which includes the Detroit Pistons landing DeMarcus Cousins.  There are a few reasons why I would prefer the Pistons to take Cole Aldrich with the seventh pick.

First and foremost, DeMarcus Cousins is definitely a special player.  He was highly-touted out of high school and came to Kentucky and dominated in his first year.  However, with his dominant play came many on and off the court issues which may not bode well for the Pistons.  

It's a very risky pick, but the Pistons have taken a questionable character before, Rasheed Wallace, and won a championship with him, so it potentially could pay off.

Second of all, the Pistons desperately need a true center.  They haven't had a true center, both in terms of style of play and size, which would make now a great time to take one when available at their pick.  Cousins is not an NBA center and will most likely be a power forward at the next level.

Also, DeMarcus Cousins thrived in a system that featured one of the fastest offenses in college basketball.  The Pistons don't have a point guard with the play-making ability that John Wall has and with the team playing a slower offense, there's no guarantee that Cousins could succeed in that.

Next, the Pistons really need some defensive help and someone that can dominate the boards both offensively and defensively.  Aldrich focuses more on doing the dirty work than his offensive game and in a lineup full of offensive players, it would be a nice change of pace.

Aldrich was more efficient from the field as well as from the free throw line.  Cousins turns the ball over more, which may result from his lack of experience.  

Cole Aldrich has been in college basketball for three years to Cousins' one year.  He has taken more of the wear and tear and has had more time to perfect his craft than Cousins has.

Aldrich has undergone much scrutiny and unfair comparisons because of his physical appearance, not because of his style of play.  

You won't find a big man in this draft with better rebounding and defensive skills than Cole Aldrich, which makes him the obvious choice for the Pistons at No. 7.