In 2010 coach should commit to finding minutes to develop first-round pick Austin Daye.
Jonas Jerebko has gotten the starts when Prince was out of the lineup instead of his longer look-a-like. With the experience JJ has gained confidence and is playing pretty well, no knock against him.
Jonas was a good draft pick, and is a strong and willing hustle player.
Daye, however, has a much bigger upside that JJ. This year provides a perfect opportunity for him to get his feet wet. Especially given the injuries.
He is getting only 13.6 minutes per game this year, that number will likely decrease as guys come back to the lineup.
The feeling is that Daye needs to gain pounds on his small frame to be effective. But he is very confident young man and it is in his best interest to start learning how to use his length and unique skill set right away.
The Pistons have never been adept at developing young players. Without the injuries, you wonder if either of these young guys would have gotten much meaningful time on the court at all this year.
Remember Prince sat on the bench his entire rookie season for no reason, except watching the electrifying Michael Curry get burn? That was wasted time.
At this point (11-21) this young Pistons team is looking to retool for the future and Daye figures to be a big part of that.
Prince never really gained any weight yet proved to be a solid NBA starter. Daye, the 15th pick in this years draft, can do the same.
He has a really soft shooting touch and plays with a star type confidence. With more experience, he can become a solid player in this league. Perhaps a versatile Rashard Lewis, Lamar Odom type, or better...