15. Peyton Siva
Rookie point guard Peyton Siva was sent to the D-League in December, and for good reason. The former Louisville Cardinal has played 76 minutes in 13 games for the Pistons and has managed to score just four total points. He's also committed 13 turnovers against just eight assists, giving the ball away more than once every six minutes.
In his D-League debut, Siva had 24 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Continued play like that is key to give him experience for when he returns to the Pistons.
14. Tony Mitchell
Like Siva, 2013 second-round pick Tony Mitchell was also sent to play for the Mad Ants. After playing just 37 minutes so far this season, the move will give him the chance to earn valuable playing time, rather than the chance to keep the end of the bench warm in Detroit.
It's hard to judge either player in such a limited amount of playing time, but Mitchell gets the edge because, despite playing in just 37 minutes, he has scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds with just two turnovers.
13. Luigi Datome
Italian sharpshooter Luigi Datome has simply been unable to find his range since coming to the United States. This season he's shooting just 19.4 percent from three, including just 2-of-13 in December.
He showed a brief flash of improvement, scoring nine points in 13 minutes against the Houston Rockets on Dec. 21 and 13 points in 17 minutes two nights later against the Cleveland Cavaliers. But in five appearances since, he's shot just 3-of-12. He'll have to improve his consistency to earn regular playing time.
12. Charlie Villanueva
Power forward Charlie Villanueva has never been more than a mediocre defensive player, so when he's not scoring there is no reason for him to be on the court.
Such is the case with his recent play. In his last four appearances he is shooting a combined 5-of-20 from the field, including 0-of-9 from the arc. He's shooting just 38.5 percent from the field and 23.3 percent from three on the season, offering little argument that he should not be relegated to the Pistons' bench.
11. Jonas Jerebko
One bench player who seems to be in line for an expanded role is forward Jonas Jerebko. The eight minutes per game he's averaging is by far the lowest of his career, but he's currently shooting career-highs in field goal and three-point percentage, at 51.7 and 45 percent, respectively.
The Pistons are in need of consistent shooters to stretch the floor, and Datome and Villanueva have just not made their shots this season. Coach Maurice Cheeks could be well-served to increase Jerebko's workload going forward.