Dumars: Jennings not a lock to be starting PG

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Who should be in, who should be out of Pistons' rotation?

Chauncey Billups signed to be the starting point guard. The incumbent starting point guard, Brandon Knight, was traded away for an even better starting point guard -- Brandon Jennings.

But anyone thinking that Jennings is guaranteed the starting point guard role ... well, they're probably right, but Joe Dumars isn't guaranteeing anything.

"I don't know yet," Dumars said Tuesday after introducing Jennings in a news conference at The Palace. "I can tell you what Mo has told every guy from Chauncey to Brandon to every guy. He said, 'Look, come in and earn it. I'm going to give it to whoever earns it.' He said that to every single guy.

And while I think this supposed competition isn't going to be much of a battle it did get me thinking about something important -- who is in the Pistons rotation and who is out?

Dumars didn't shed much light in the linked article. He says that the starters are Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith. Starting point guard and shooting guard is up for grabs. The bench unit is completely up in the air.

You can toss Jennings and Billups into the mix with either the starters or reserves. That brings our rotation to five players. Most teams go between eight to 10 deep on their 15-man roster.

So which of three to five of the following players deserves to be part of the rotation? Listed in order of minutes played last season:

Kyle Singler, Rodney Stuckey, Will Bynum, Charlie Villanueva and Jonas Jerebko. New players thrown into the mix this season include former Italian League MVP Luigi Datome, lottery pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and second-round picks Tony Mitchell and Peyton Siva.

Let's say you're in charge. Form your rotation. Starters and reserves. Who is stuck on the bench? Who's wearing a suit night in and night out?

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