Charlie Villanueva, sigh, deserves praise for lowering own scoring, boosting Pistons' offense

Me at the Detroit Free Press on Charlie Villanueva:

In the last three seasons, he has scored at a remarkably similar rate: 18.1, 18.1 and 18.2 points per 36 minutes.

This year, that number has fallen to 17.7. But for the first time, the Pistons score considerably more while he plays.

With Villanueva on the court, the Pistons score 109.1 points per 100 possessions.

With Villanueva off the court, the Pistons score 98.3 points per 100 possessions.

So why has Villanueva helped Detroit’s offense while his scoring has slipped? There are two major reasons:

1. He’s playing more unselfishly than ever.

2. He’s more focused on three-pointers than ever.

Here’s a look at the Pistons offensive rating with Villanueva on the floor (red) and off the floor (blue):

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