Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
The good news is, you won't see this guy on the court very often this season for the Pistons.
It's clear after the preseason that the Pistons are going into the regular season with a starting rotation of Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince, Jason Maxiell and Greg Monroe.
But for how long?
Drummond's play will almost certainly buy him a spot as a starter in the near future and the Pistons' management is eager to shift Monroe to the 4, which will help Drummond's cause as well.
For now, Drummond will start the season coming off the bench. His partners off the pine figure to be prodigal sub Kyle Singler—who had a very nice preseason—Corey Maggette, Will Bynum—who's played his way back into Frank's favor—and Jonas Jerebko. Much was made of Slava Kravstov earlier in the preseason, but Kravstov averaged just seven minutes per game and right now looks to be a longshot for big minutes.
Austin Daye, shooting just 17 percent in his four preseason games, including 0-5 from three-point range, has most likely and thankfully played his way out of the rotation. Same for Charlie Villanueva, who in his six games shot the lights out by comparison: 22 percent from the floor, six percent from three-point range.
But before you fret about Villanueva's contract for the umpteenth time, realize that at this point, it's no longer that big a deal. First of all, the Pistons aren't the only team in the history of the NBA to have a bad contract. Now they just have to do something about it, as Dumars did brilliantly with the disappointing Ben Gordon.
Trading Villanueva's contract—no team wants Villanueva for his playing skills or lack thereof—is realistically impossible. So Villanueva is an expensive insurance policy this season. But with the amnesty clause still available, and new owner Gores looking to win, Charlie V. will be watching from an armchair next year. And Daye, whose contract expires at the end of this season, will be traded by the deadline or simply not re-signed.
But the good news is, if these guys are out of the rotation, that means the rotation has gotten better. Much better.