Who Won’t Make Detroit Pistons’ Active Roster?

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NBA teams can have 15 players on their regular season roster but they can only suit up 12 of them as active players on game night. If you have a full roster, like the Detroit Pistons do, you will have to leave three guys in as street clothes at the end of the bench for every game, barring injuries of course.

So with the Pistons’ full 15-man roster, who will be spending time choosing their wardrobe, and who will be anxiously waiting to tear off their warm-ups on game night?

It’s easy to point out a few of the players who probably won’t make the rotation or the 12-man roster right off the bat. Josh Harrellson appears to have some desirable traits for an NBA player, but he’s clearly the lowest man on the totem pole of Pistons’ bigs. He’ll likely be showing off the clothes in his closet more than anything else this season.

Peyton Siva likely won’t see much playing time either. Taken at the tail end of the second round of the draft, Siva wasn’t a lock to make the team, let alone the rotation. It wasn’t until the Pistons shipped enough players out in the Brandon Jennings deal that there was even room for Siva on the roster, and he hasn’t looked good in his small amount of preseason playing time thus far either.

That leaves only one man left to be tailored. We have yet to see Luigi Datome this preseason, but he is apparently battling a nagging hamstring injury. Even so, Datome possesses something the Pistons may sorely need this season: shooting. Datome’s potent jump shot is among the best on the team, if not the best, so it’s hard to see him sporting a suit coat simply in case the Pistons find themselves in a position to hit clutch free throws or nail down a game-tying three pointer late in the game.

Charlie Villanueva could be playing himself out of a rotation spot, but he also possesses a shot and a large expiring deal that the Pistons will probably be looking to trade at some point. Unless he plays so incredibly bad or becomes such a locker room frustration that the Pistons can’t justify putting him on the floor at all, Villanueva will probably be ready to play at a moment’s notice every night. Rodney Stuckey’s contract puts him in the same situation, and he isn’t playing poorly enough to fall completely out of the rotation anyway.

That leaves Will Bynum, rookie Tony Mitchell and Jonas Jerebko. Of these three players, only one of them stands out to me. Tony Mitchell has a lot of potential and intrigue surrounding his game, but much like Siva, the fact remains he is a second-round draft pick with some seasoning to go through before he is ready to contribute regularly. The team has a lot more financially invested in Bynum and Jerebko as well. Unless Mitchell outperforms Jerebko and Villanueva by leaps and bounds, he will probably be watching from the sidelines in his finest garments.

This doesn’t mean that Harrellson, Siva and Mitchell won’t have their opportunities to see the court this year. An NBA season is a long, 82-game marathon filled with injuries, illnesses, trades and team rules violations. Although they may not be one of the top 12 to start the season, there is no telling what might happen that could thrust them from being suited up with loafers to suited up with sneakers.

Mike Klompstra is a Detroit Pistons blogger for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @CityofKlompton, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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  • Robert Bayer

    Good and original article … will read here again ..

  • Chris Wyman

    Charlie V is not a fan favorite but his shot is off because of all the running in training camp. Not enough emphasis is being made about Greg Monroe’s inability to play PF. Chauncey Billups is old. They made too big of a deal out of bringing in Chauncey. They should have hired Chauncey as a coach and let Siva play this season. Mitchell is a better option than Jason Maxiell and he should play a lot.

    • Keith Lucky Lucciano Gastone

      I dont think Big Shot is gonna play as much as people think. I just think he was brought on as an on floor couch, Kinda how Jason Kidd was for New York. He has already been given a coaching job for when he retires next year or the year after. And I think Siva is going to the D league for this season so he can be ready when Bynam’s contract expires. But I totally agree on Mitchell. Detroit needs to play him

      • Chris Wyman

        Too expensive as a floor couch.

  • King Cutti

    Lets go Detroit. Beat the Heat all season long.

  • Keith Lucky Lucciano Gastone

    I just don’t see Jonas out playing Mitchell with Mitchell’s rebounding and defense ability. Jonas has also been here for a while now. He’s had his chance and has done nothing with it. Jonas has even started for a period of time and he still isn’t really doing anything. For that reason alone I say suit up Mitchell. Put the kid on the floor and let him develop. That’s the only way he’s gonna make that great leap to the NBA we are hoping for. Detroit cant find a diamond in the rough if they keep him in the rough.