Currently, only Spencer Dinwiddie, the 6-foot-6 sophomore point guard from Colorado figures to be available for the Detroit Pistons' preseason opener on Tuesday night against the Pacers.
On paper, the Pistons have a very strong point guard rotation. However, Brandon Jennings has obviously been out since January with that torn Achilles suffered against the Bucks in Milwaukee, while both Steve Blake and Reggie Jackson have picked up minor training camp knocks (concussion and Achilles, respectively).
This represents a good chance for Dinwiddie to show what he can really do, as he was limited in summer league due to the hodgepodge roster and high turnover rates, which is to be expected for most point guards at summer league. Now that he's been presented with an opportunity to play with the starters, we should see the Dinwiddie that turned up last season against the likes of Derrick Rose and John Wall.
While Dinwiddie is the only healthy regular point guard, Stan Van Gundy said both Darrun Hilliard and Jodie Meeks can fill in if needed, as well as Stanley Johnson. Van Gundy actually said the former Arizona Wildcat could play the position reasonably well.
In other Pistons injury news, Aron Baynes tweaked his ankle after stepping on the foot of Joel Anthony, and is doubtful to appear Tuesday night. Adonis Thomas also had a precautionary Achilles scan on Monday. Ersan Ilyasova had to be helped off the court at the open scrimmage on Saturday after colliding with training camp center Jordan Bachynski.
I guess we'll see who makes it out of bed for the game Tuesday night.