The Pistons are overflowing with options at the small forward position, including an established veteran in Corey Maggette who, if healthy, is capable of being a productive, starting caliber player. That has been a rarity during Tayshaun Prince‘s tenure as a Piston — he’s been the best option at that position essentially since he broke into the lineup late in his rookie season.
But despite the increased competition, Prince still expects to be the starter. From Terry Foster of The Detroit News:
He tried the leadership thing last season but it didn’t always work out. The Pistons dug themselves a 4-20 hole and never fully recovered in a lockout-shortened year.
“I am here to play basketball whether it is to be a leader or whatever,” Prince said. “That is something I am willing to do and help out with.
“I am here to remain a starter of course. I don’t plan on coming off the bench.”
There has been no indication that Lawrence Frank planned anything but using Prince as a starter. But considering the fiasco when Prince’s former teammate and friend Rip Hamilton was asked to not be a starter anymore, Frank would probably be wise to heed that advice and keep Prince in the starting lineup as long as he’s reasonably productive.