Pistons should ignore Tayshaun Prince’s request for a veteran point guard

Tayshaun Prince, via Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

"Brandon Knight is our starting point guard and will continue to be, but hopefully we can get a veteran point guard to kind of mentor him a little bit," Prince said. "There can be times that me and Ben Wallace can mentor and help him out and whatnot, but I think if you have a point guard that’s been through the wars, he can help him out a little bit better than we can."

In addition to mentoring Brandon Knight, a veteran point guard would improve Prince’s production. Knight – who didn’t even make the TrueHoop Network’s All-Rookie second team – is still very raw as a distributor, and he rarely put Prince in position to score easily. That’s part of the reason, although only one of many of factors, why Prince shot so poorly this season.

I’m not opposed to the Pistons adding a veteran point guard if they can get one cheaply, but that should be very low on their priority list.

A veteran point guard is just as likely to help Knight’s development as harm it. Lawrence Frank, who will surely take a win-first attitude next season, would likely often play reliable veteran ahead of the less-than-established Knight.

Maybe watching a veteran would be good for Knight. Maybe playing more would be better for him. I don’t think that’s an entirely knowable variable, and I would be hesitant too invest much in a short-term fix at point guard when it could hinder Knight’s progress.

A veteran point guard acquired by trading a player with positive value or signed using a sizable an exception would be an unnecessary luxury, and considering the hefty contracts they’ll be paying next season, the Pistons can’t afford that. They should focus on using their modest flexibility on upgrading their font court.

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