Heading into training camp, Detroit had four players with a shot to earn regular minutes at shooting guard: Rodney Stuckey, Kyle Singler, Chauncey Billups and rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Now, the competition is down to two.
David Mayo of mlive.com reports on Monday: "(Maurice) Cheeks, one day after saying he would use multiple starters at shooting guard during preseason, said the ultimate decision probably comes down to Caldwell-Pope or seventh-year veteran Rodney Stuckey."
That could mean more time spent at point guard for Billups, who has been vocal about his role in recent weeks, stressing his desire to be able to run the offense whenever he's on the court. It could also make it more likely that Singler is out of the rotation to start the season, especially with Luigi Datome also battling him for backup minutes at small forward behind Josh Smith.
So who gets the nod at shooting guard between the rookie and the veteran? We are inclined to think it could be Caldwell-Pope, simply due to the poise he's shown in training camp and the size and shooting he brings to the position. The Pistons badly need help from the 3-point arc, and Caldwell-Pope has a big advantage over Stuckey in that department.