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A hamstring injury has kept Luigi Datome out of preseason play.
13. Tony Mitchell
Tony Mitchell was a second-round pick in 2013 like Siva, but his contract is fully guaranteed for the 2013-14 season.
The former North Texas forward has elite athleticism, but entered the league very raw on both ends of the court.
He has appeared in seven of the Pistons' preseason games, with his top performance coming against the Nets, with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 26 minutes.
Cheeks has played Mitchell almost 16 minutes per game during preseason, just two minutes less than Villanueva and four minutes less than Jonas Jerebko, the team's two other backup power forwards.
Mitchell will likely start the season behind them in the rotation, but he has a real opportunity to earn playing time if he takes advantage of his opportunities.
12. Charlie Villanueva
After what may have seemed like an eternity to Pistons fans, the five-year deal Charlie Villanueva signed in the summer of 2009 is now an expiring contract.
The 6'11" big man was brought in for his shooting, but he's done too little else in Detroit to earn consistent playing time during his four seasons with the team.
After averaging career lows of 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 2012-13, Villanueva has been off to a slow start this preseason, shooting just 40 percent (10-of-25) from the field and 20 percent (3-of-15) from beyond the arc.
If he can find his shooting stroke, Villanueva offers the Pistons a stretch 4 who can provide some offense off the bench. If not, this roster is too deep for him to see the court.
11. Luigi Datome
Dumars signed former Italian League MVP Luigi Datome this offseason to help improve the team's outside shooting. But due to a hamstring injury, we have yet to see him in action wearing a Pistons uniform.
At 6'8" he will spend most of his time at small forward, but he can slide to the four against teams playing 'small ball.'
Datome's injury shouldn't keep him out too much longer. If his jumper is as good as advertised, he has the potential to move up the rankings when he's in the lineup.