Will Bynum: Rodney Stuckey should start over Kyle Singler

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Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

Bynum has a simple solution. Reinsert Rodney Stuckey (who’s out with an ankle injury) into the starting lineup to take the pressure off Knight and his ballhanding duties, move Singler back to the second unit where he’s another shooter on the floor.

"That’s what I would think, Rodney starting at the point and Kyle coming off the bench with us," Bynum said. "Different looks, a different momentum. And BK can just score.

If the Pistons are trying to win right now – and I believe they are – this would be a good move, provided Rodney Stuckey plays a role with Brandon Knight like he did last season as opposed to how he played early this season. Before moving to the bench this year, Stuckey struggled as a spot-up outside shooter while Knight handled all point-guard duties. Last year, Stuckey shared point-guard duties with Knight, which allowed Knight to play more off the ball.

But in terms of the franchise moving forward, this would be a poor move. As much as we’ve criticized Knight’s turnover problems, they’re a necessary step in his development and the Pistons’ assessment of him. Knight, for all his tools, has not yet put together a sustained run of competent point-guard play. I much prefer Knight going through this learning process to Stuckey masking Knight’s deficiencies.

Stuckey might be the crutch Knight needs right now, but the Pistons will be better off if Knight tries to walk unaided.

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