Before you roll your eyes in disgust at what this slide implies, hear me out.
There's no doubt that Charlie Villanueva has been an extremely disappointing player since his arrival in Detroit three years ago. He's grossly underperformed and his contract is laughable. Fans have every right to shake their fists in his general direction on a daily basis.
With that said, Villanueva was a solid player at one point in his career. In four years with Toronto and Millwaukee, he averaged 13 points and six rebounds per game while shooting 45 percent from the field and 33 percent from behind the arc.
The Pistons still overpaid, but those numbers aren't bad.
There's no reason he can't approach those numbers again either.
He's finally healthy and with a new coach—he really didn't get to play for Lawrence Frank last year—he might find his motivation again.
Playing under John Kuester did nothing for him. Perhaps a new system, with a new role, will do wonders for his production.
It's clear what his role was under Kuester: shoot threes and do little else.
He doubled his shots from behind the arc—four threes per game with Detroit compared with two per game his first four years—while his overall scoring and rebounds significantly decreased.
Only time will tell how Frank uses Villanueva, but he'll be given every chance to prove his worth this season. If he's able to rediscover his former self, then Pistons fans might finally get off his back.
With a solid year he could be in contention for the NBA's Most Improved Player of the Year Award and win back some of the respect he's lost in the process.
Either that or he'll become the most expensive 12th man in the league.