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OK, so this one is meant to be more tongue-in-cheek than anything else, but it really is true.
The Pistons need to improve their draft position, and they won't do that by winning meaningless games.
Obviously, the Pistons can't coach to lose, and nobody really should want that.
But what they can do is start to drastically cut the minutes of some of the veterans and give more of the younger guys meaningful minutes.
Daye, Jerebko, Knight and Macklin need to get more minutes, and players like Bynum, Prince, Wallace and Maxiell should see their minutes reduced or cut outright.
Sure, this doesn't jibe with coach Lawrence Frank's mantra that the best lineup will always get the most minutes.
But the worst place for a team to be is in the no-man's land, which is between the 11th and 9th position in the conference.
It doesn't typically lead to an elite lottery pick, and the team isn't good enough to compete.
And it makes no sense whatsoever for Knight to have his minutes reduced, which has happened so far this month (three of four games with fewer than 30 minutes).
If injuries aren't an issue, Knight, Daye and Jerebko should be logging well over 30 minutes per game down the final stretch, and Macklin should be on the roster and in the regular rotation.
This will lead to growing pains, and the losses will mount. But they will be productive losses, rather than just riding a core that will likely not be completely intact after this year.