Despite Injuries, Detroit Pistons are Still Underachieving

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent INovember 24, 2009

PHOENIX - NOVEMBER 22:  Will Bynum #12 of the Detroit Pistons drives the ball past Channing Frye #8 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on November 22, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Pistons 117-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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When a team loses its two best players to injuries, there's a very noticeable difference in the way a team performs without said players.  

For the Detroit Pistons, their current slump is starting to wear old with Pistons fans, and some are even calling for change.

Now, I'm not a fan of what President Joe Dumars has put together in Detroit. I didn't think that Ben Gordon or Charlie Villanueva were what the team needed to start fresh, especially with the price tags that they came with.

However, the signings did give the team some flexibility in the backcourt and at the small forward position, which, as of late, has come in handy.  

Even though Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince have been absent from the lineup for quite some time, I thought this Pistons team would still compete on a similar level that they would with Hamilton and Prince.

There's an obvious lack of defense without Prince, but Hamilton's scoring is definitely replaceable, as shown by Will Bynum and Ben Gordon.

But, the Pistons have lost five straight and seven of their last 10 games.  In that stretch, the Pistons have scored over 100 points twice.

I could sit here and talk about all of the potential trades, which I could do forever, but I'm going to be a bit realistic and try and see what we can't fix in house.

Over the last stretch, the Pistons' best player has arguably been Will Bynum.  You know, the backup point guard.

It's apparent that something isn't working with Rodney Stuckey, who is shooting just under 38 percent on the year.  If you're worried about Bynum's ability to play the point rather than just score, you'll be happy to know that both players average four assists per game and Bynum is averaging less turnovers per game as well.

It may not be a massive overhaul, but it is a change nonetheless.  

Another change that I wouldn't mind seeing is moving Austin Daye into the starting lineup.  You picked the guy with your first-round pick, and while I understand he's not fully developed, you are managing to start a second-round pick over him.

At this point, there's really nothing to lose, so let's not see if he can't show some promise with an increased role.

To be honest, there isn't much that the Pistons can change without knowing the statuses of Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince.  

Dumars won't make a trade without knowing a timeline for either player's return, but there's got to be some sort of change made to try and snap the team out of this funk that led to the winless road trip.

So, let's see a lineup of Will Bynum, Ben Gordon, Austin Daye, Charlie Villanueva, and Ben Wallace.