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Pistons teen ready to take vets' minutes

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08:09 AM ET 10.15 | Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe may be the frontcourt of the Pistons' future -- now it's just a matter of how soon that future arrives. If Drummond's play merits more minutes, he should play, and that time shouldn't come at the expense of Monroe. It's very early, but [Charlie Villanueva and Austin Daye] haven't produced much offense, with the duo combining to shoot 2-for-12 against Milwaukee. Daye shot 2-for-11 against Toronto while being strong on the boards (nine rebounds). Villanueva was 3-for-12 in the opener last Wednesday. With Drummond outperforming virtually everybody and showing an aptitude on the defensive end, it'll be hard to rationalize keeping him behind anyone.

The Detroit News

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October 15, 2012  09:13 AM ET

The kid has looked good. A little farther along than I thought he would be. Really athletic but still tends to seem out of place sometimes but hey honestly I think we got a good one here. I still say he is two years away cause he has no offensive moves yet just pure athleticism and body is getting him by.

October 15, 2012  10:00 AM ET

Will Youth Be Served, Bros?

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October 15, 2012  11:27 AM ET

That's funny , I thought Villanueva retired years ago..

October 15, 2012  11:40 AM ET

Charlie has been taken the Pistons money for years now and giving nothing in return. Take away his minutes. He's not using them.

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October 15, 2012  03:46 PM ET

Charlie V has to be one of the worst free agent signings of all time!!!

October 16, 2012  12:51 PM ET
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fixed

Detroit was stupid enough to give him that contract. Now they are stuck with it.

October 16, 2012  12:51 PM ET

And hell yeah play the young guys.

October 16, 2012  03:38 PM ET
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And hell yeah play the young guys.

Certainly have nothing to lose. Maybe Charlie V can be an usher.

October 16, 2012  04:25 PM ET
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Certainly have nothing to lose. Maybe Charlie V can be an usher.

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October 17, 2012  12:45 AM ET

He's got potential to be a beast, might even break the curse of the UConn center. All he has to do is rebound, dunk everything he can and use his 6 fouls productively. He's 6'10, 270 something and just 19 years old, if you don't play him now, you won't be employed next year. Big men like him don't exist anymore or at least aren't productive in the L. He easily could be the still of the draft.

October 17, 2012  08:46 AM ET

The young boy is beastly on defense and on the boards right now. Great pick. He's just what the Pistons needed. If he adds any offensive game then even better.

 
October 17, 2012  08:46 AM ET
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Detroit was stupid enough to give him that contract. Now they are stuck with it.

Yep. Time to cut bait because his jumper is broke.

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