Pistons Q And A With Matt Dery
By: Matt Dery
Q: What will the Pistons starting five look like tomorrow night?
A: I see no indications yet that it will change from what they ended
the season with last year. Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey in the
backcourt. Tayshaun Prince, Jason Maxiell, and Greg Monroe up front.
The 4 spot will be a revolving door this season based on performance.
There are lots of candidates.
Q: How much will Andre Drummond play?
A: A lot. The 19 year old rookie has progressed a lot more quickly
than Pistons brass expected. His athleticism and nose for the ball is
just what this team needs. Many fans want him to start right away,
but it is too soon. He needs to play in some regular season games and
Q: Who is the Pistons’ leader on the floor?
A: Lawrence Frank has said that your leaders are usually your best
players. This is truly a “team” and fans will see that. There are no
stars here yet and I believe that Greg Monroe is their best player,
but is he a true leader yet at age 22? Tough to say. But he does
everything the coaches ask him to do.
Q: Besides Drummond, which rookies will play?
A: Kyle Singler is a rotation player right now in my opinion. The
rookie from Duke knows how to play and will be a given a chance early
to show what he can do. With Corey Maggette sidelined at this time, I
think Kim English will see some minutes. He can shoot the ball and is
very smart, but remember, he is a second round pick and a guy that
needs some time to catch up with the speed of the NBA game.
Q: What will Lawrence Frank do with Charlie Villenueva?
A: Charlie is in great shape and has not been a problem at all. He
just didn’t make enough shots in the preseason. I think he will be
called upon at some point to play and contribute, but I think he is
behind Maxiell and Jonas Jerebko right now at that power forward spot.