Tayshaun Prince has a key role for the Detroit Pistons this season. But it’s much different from previous seasons.
Prince is the only player still around from Detroit’s 2004 championship team. But while Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace and others departed from the franchise in recent years, Prince made a commitment to stick around and maintains he’s not looking to retire for a long time.
But if Prince looks at the roster, there are five Pison rookies, several who should see extensive playing time, including Andre Drummond, Kyle Singler and Kris English. Along with Rodney Stuckey, Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe, they form the foundation of the team.
Prince right now is there to show the younger players the ropes and also to provide the scoring the team still needs to stay competitive while the newer players get the hang of things. It’s basically the same role Prince saw a year ago.
In Detroit’s last exhibition game against the Atlanta Hawks, Prince, in 28 minutes of action, was 7-of-12 from the floor and scored 15 points. He gave every indication that he’s ready to be a key leader for the team this season and provide the team with plenty of ammunition, especially when it comes to putting points on the board.
Basically, Prince is in the Pistons lineup to show the younger players how to win in the NBA. Eventually those are the players that will take Prince’s place as leader of the Pistons.