The Detroit Pistons, like it or not, will have Charlie Villanueva for a fifth season at forward and need to figure out how much production he’ll provide.
They will look to fulfill their needs in the NBA Draft later this month and by other offseason transactions such as free agency signings and trades. Villanueva took the option year of his contract, which was no surprise, considering it paid him in excess of $8 million.
Now the Pistons simply need to make sure they get some type of production out of Villanueva as they continue to rebuild towards what they hope will be a return to playoff connection. He averaged 6.8 points and 3.0 rebounds for the team last season, which was his eighth as a pro. He percentage in 3-pointers and the foul line are all numbers that need to get higher for him to be a legitimate threat on a consistent basis as an NBA player.
In the last three games of the regular season, he averaged 6.5 minutes and game and totaled six points, all of then coming in one game. He didn’t score in his final two games of the season,
Villanueva will be making a lot of money for the Pistons this season, whether he earns it or not. The team is obviously hoping he earns it, but should not hold its breath. He is inconsistent and obviously has not lived up to what the team expected from him when the contract was signed originally, but they have no choice but to hope for the best.