The Pistons are like that annoying puzzle piece that won’t fit into one of the open spots on the actual puzzle.
Mo Cheeks and crew continually move forward with the starting lineup of Brandon Jennings, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.
While it looks like a great puzzle to work with, none of the pieces are fitting and it’s not resulting into a finished product.
Cheeks hinted at a potential lineup change, a tweet from Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press indicates.
On a side note, Cheeks admitted that he is thinking about altering the starting lineup, but didn't offer a timetable or who would get bumped
— Vincent Ellis (@Vincent_Ellis56) December 29, 2013
In all likelihood, rookie Kentevious Caldwell-Pope would be the first name on the list to move from the starting lineup to the bench. He has done more than he is asked for, and it’s not all his fault for the Pistons inconsistent ways.
In all actuality, Caldwell-Pope should be the one that probably sticks around in the Pistons starting lineup.
It’s just hard to imagine Josh Smith sitting on the bench, given the Pistons paid him 54 million dollars to be the team’s difference maker. The Pistons won’t think twice about benching and messing with the development of their two cornerstones of the team in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. And Brandon Jennings, who has had his moments as the teams point guard, wouldn’t make a ton of sense to bench.