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The Detroit Pistons need to get more consistent play out of their young guards.
The Pistons have two guards, Calderon and Will Bynum, who have a PER above the league average of 15 this season. However, they are also both on the wrong side of 30 and will be unrestricted free agents at season's end.
If they don't return, Stuckey, Knight and Singler are the only three guards on the roster that have averaged double-digit minutes this season. Stuckey's shot selection has been bad this season, but he has still been a more efficient offensive player than either Knight or Singler.
April has been a great example of Knight's up-and-down season. On back-to-back nights, he scored a combined 45 points on 16-of-17 shooting from the field against the Timberwolves and Bulls. However, he also played three games against the Raptors, Celtics and Cavaliers where he scored in single digits while playing at least 29 minutes in each game.
Knight is just 21 and has plenty of potential, so there is no reason to write him off. How quickly he develops into a dependable NBA point guard will have a lot to do with the Pistons' success over the next few seasons.
Singler joined the Pistons this season after playing in Europe for a year and has played in every game for Detroit, starting in 73 of them.
He hasn't played very well offensively for them, however. His 10.03 PER ranks 351st in the NBA, and only Avery Bradley from the Celtics was worse among players who played 28 minutes or more per game.
That being said, Singler, 24, is still young and should be a capable rotation player in the future. He is shooting 35.4 percent from three and the Pistons are 1.1 points better defensively per 100 possessions when he is on the court, per NBA.com.
The Pistons should still look to add backcourt talent via the draft or free agency, but developing the young talent already on their roster will be just as important to their success next season.