Are the Detroit Pistons targeting D.J. White?

  • 05/27/2008 11:04 pm in

D.J. WhiteThat’s the rumor, according to a report on Draft Express. White will skip the NBA pre-draft camp, which could mean he feels comfortable about his draft position with Detroit and sees no reason to participate.

Detroit Bad Boys has a nice recap of all of the White-to-Detroit information, including a nice quote on D.J. from PostmanR:

He finally reached his potential this year — he was a bear and real consistent. Former McDonalds All-American, averaged a double-double, was Big Ten Player of the Year. Skill-wise, he’s a good rebounder, he’s got kind of a turn around hook that he can work well but I wouldn’t go so far as to call him “athletic” — he was a bit of klutz at times. He’s a high character guy, had to wade through all the bullshit with the coaching changes and what not. I mean, in the late first round, it’s not easy to get an impact guy but you’re getting a consistent hard-worker who can play in a system.

Couldn’t have said it better myself, R. As far as D.J. going to Detroit, I think he’d fit in nicely in their system as a guy who can come in and give you 10-15 solid minutes off the bench. If he can continue to knock down his jump shot, an area in which he’s made great strides, he’ll definitely stick around the league beyond his rookie contract.

Update: Chad Ford of the World Wide Leader is calling this report false after speaking with Pistons President Joe Dumars, but would you really expect Dumars to come out and say, “Yes, we want D.J.”?

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  • ricbraun

    DJ would definitely be a good fit for Detroit, they have some big men that are getting older (notably Antonio McDyess), so DJ would get a year to work on his game and probably get sporadic playing time for a quality team, and then he would be expected to come in and contribute after a year of seasoning. Detroit has a similar player in Jason Maxiell, who coming out of college was a good rebounder and decent shooter, and he has become a very productive player for them. DJ would do well in Detroit

  • JHoosiers77

    DJ would be lucky and he deserves it if Detroit picked him in the draft. If Dale Davis can play in the NBA for several years than DJ should do very well – he can rebound and defend as well as Davis did and he can certainly shoot better.

  • I'd love to see him be a piston

  • jgongora86

    I'm happy for Dj if it's true. The only two hoosiers I ever felt sorry for were DJ and AJ Moye. Those two were warriors and deserved better. I think he can become a solid role player in the NBA.

  • One thing we do know – he'll work his ass off.

  • Good God…Is that DJ White's music???? He's got a chair!

    Ugh, as a Pacers fan, I hope it's not true, but it would be a great fit for DJ. Best of luck to him!

  • msdiu81

    If he's skipping Orlando, he must have a very good reason such as a fairly solid guarantee from a team to pick him in round 1. I don't care who takes him, I just want to see him rewarded for all the effort and hard work he has put in. Good luck DJ and thanks for everything you did at IU.

  • willits100

    we would love it if he became a piston because the fort wayne mad ants are affliated with the pistons and we then would have a chance for dj to be playing in the fort for the mad ants if the pistons felt he needed more development via the nbdl league.

  • Good for D.J. I will be pulling for him no matter what team he lands on. However I'd love to see the Grizzlies pick him up in the second round so I could go see him play in my home town.

  • bbfan

    What are you thinking? DJ isn't near the player Dale Davis is/was. DJ cannot run the floor. He is not nearly the athlete Dale Davis is. Maxielle excels because of his ability to run the floor.

  • bbfan

    What are you thinking? DJ isn't near the player Dale Davis is/was. DJ cannot run the floor. He is not nearly the athlete Dale Davis is. Maxielle excels because of his ability to run the floor.