Now that Brandon Jennings is in the fold, there are many possibilities for the starting lineup. Brandon Jennings has spent his entire career at point guard and many believe that’s where he will stay with the Pistons in the future, but what about the present? Its been no secret that Jennings likes to shoot the basketball, in fact Jennings shot the ball 1,247 times last season and made roughly a third of those shots according to nba.com. The Pistons also brought back Chauncey Billups on a 2 year deal. Many believed that he would be a back up and mentor the young guards in the organization, but could Billups be the starting point guard this season? I think he could be.
Even at this point in his career, Billups is still a better point guard than Jennings, not necessarily a better player but a better point guard. I think starting Billups at point guard is the most logical choice here’s why. If the Pistons started Jennings at point guard then who starts at the 2? Rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope? Rodney Stuckey? Kyle Singler? Yes the options are endless, but they aren’t the best options available to make the best possible team. Starting rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope right away wouldn’t be a smart move by new head coach Maurice Cheeks. Throwing a 21 year old kid into the starting lineup right away is just asking for trouble and mistakes. Having KCP come off the bench for at least a good chunk of games and let him get acclimated with the team and the new league would be best for the Pistons and KCP going forward. Rodney Stuckey’s days as a Pistons are numbered in my opinion. He isn’t a natural shooting guard. He doesn’t have a consistent outside jump shot and he is more of a get to the basket type player anyway. Singler saw time at both shooting guard and small forward last season and I think he’s better suited to back up Josh Smith at the 3. The only remaining choice to be the starting shooting guard is Brandon Jennings. He’s a decent shooter and can create his own shot. My starting lineup for the Pistons would look like this:
This is the best lineup the Pistons can throw out there every single night.