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As a 20-year-old rookie playing the NBA's most challenging position, point guard Brandon Knight was about on par in his first season: Knight led all rookies in minutes (32.3 per game) and was second in scoring (12.8), while his assist-to-turnover ratio (1.36) was the worst of any starter at the point. Still, the talent is there, and with the emergence of second-year center Greg Monroe, the Pistons' future looks bright at two critical starting positions.
The other spots are a different story. Detroit flipped underachieving guard Ben Gordon to Charlotte for Corey Maggette, who shot a career-low 37.3% last season. Maggette will compete for minutes at the swing positions with converted point guard Rodney Stuckey and Tayshaun Prince, whose 42.1% from the floor was also the worst of his career. The power forward spot is also up for grabs—unless the erratic Jonas Jerebko makes it his—meaning that coach Lawrence Frank's ability to establish a consistent rotation early will be critical to Detroit's success.
COACH: Lawrence Frank (2nd season with Pistons)
2011--12 RECORD: 25--41 (4th in Central)
OFFENSE: 90.9 ppg (27th)
DEFENSE: 95.7 ppg (14th)
PICK-AND-ROLL OFFENSE: 20.0 ppg (25th)
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE
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