Ahead of the team's season opener against the Atlanta Hawks, Pistons.com's Keith Langlois has relayed that the summer acquisitions Ersan Ilyasova and Marcus Morris will be the starting forwards, joining projected starters Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the starting lineup.
Veteran Steve Blake has also reportedly won his training camp battle against second-year player Spencer Dinwiddie to claim the backup point guard position. Blake, who suffered an injury during camp, was only able to appear in one preseason game, a 115-87 win over the Hawks where the 35-year-old guard recorded 2 points and 12 assists. Dinwiddie is now the team's third-string point guard, and will face added pressure once Brandon Jennings returns from injury in December.
Langlois also revealed that backup center Aron Baynes will visit the team doctor on Monday, and will hopefully see his injury restrictions lifted. The former Spurs player tweaked his ankle earlier this month and was restricted to 15 minutes per game and no back-to-backs during the preseason. Baynes will be part of a re-tooled and improved Pistons second unit that will see Anthony Tolliver, Stanley Johnson, Jodie Meeks, Reggie Bullock and Steve Blake log consistent minutes over the course of the season.
What do you think about the Pistons' starting lineup? Do you think the team has enough talent and versatility to finish 82-0?