Dumars: Darko Altered How Pistons Prepare For Draft
Joe Dumars said the Darko Milicic selection changed the way the Pistons prepare for the draft.
"I could give a dissertation on that," Dumars said shortly after selecting teenage center Andre Drummond. "After I drafted Darko, from that point on, the amount of background we do on every single player that you see us draft is ridiculous. We do as much or more background than any other team in the NBA because of that.
"The background on (Milicic) was about 20 percent of what we do now. I look back on it now and realize you didn't know half of the stuff you needed to know."
Dumars said the Pistons conducted extensive research on Drummond.
"It's not just the questions you ask to (the player)," Dumars said. "It's the amount of people. With Darko, we may have had two sources of information. That was it. With this kid (Drummond), 10 (or) 12. We talked to literally everybody.
"George David (the Pistons' director of player personnel) talked to his sixth-grade teacher. That wasn't long ago. We talked to everybody. That's what we didn't do with Darko. We may have talked to a couple of guys over in Europe. That was it.”