Hamilton to the bench

Richard Hamilton will come off the bench for the Pistons, according to Chris Lau of the Detroit Free Press.

Pistons coach Michael Curry announced today that Richard Hamilton will lose his place in the starting lineup as the team tries to overcome its recent struggles

Power forward Amir Johnson will replace him in the starting lineup most nights. Center Kwame will start against especially big teams.

Curry also said Will Bynum will see consistent minutes as the backup point guard, according to the Oakland Press’s Dana Gauruder. As Gauruder notes, with Tayshaun Prince’s move back to small forward, there won’t be many minutes left for Arron Afflalo.

Bynum has played in 24 games this year. He averages 3.8 points, 1.6 assists and 0.9 turnovers in 8.5 minutes per game.

Afflalo has played in all 40 of Detroit’s games. He averages 4.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per game.

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