Winner: Greg Monroe
For the first time in his career, Monroe will have a point guard capable of getting him the ball in his ideals spots. Turnovers have plagued him this year, but that’s partially due to him creating all his own offense. Less ball handling and more shots created by a guy like Jose Calderon is going to be huge.
Loser: Rodney Stuckey
I suppose he isn’t really a loser, but his current predicament sure doesn’t get any better. He’s still not the dominant ball handler off the bench, and he still stuck standing in the corner chucking up 3-pointers. Frankly, he could be the next piece to go if Joe Dumars decides to make deals now rather than bank on landing free agents.
Loser: Will Bynum
Bynum was becoming an integral part of the Pistons’ rotation. With Calderon on the scene now, he and Brandon Knight will likely occupy almost all of the playing time at point guard.
Winner: Brandon Knight
Surprised? Think about it this way: For the first time in his career, Knight will see how to really play the point guard position. There’s a chance that won’t help, but the there’s also a chance he thrives at shooting guard. He’s got plenty of options and a lot less pressure.
Winner: Jonas Jerebko
Jerebko, who has not played much since early in the season, will likely re-join the rotation after the departures of small forward Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye. There just isn’t enough depth at small forward to keep Jerebko on the bench.
Winner: Kyle Singler
Singler is in a similar position to Jerebko. Singler, who has started at shooting guard, basically has no competition to start at small forward, his natural position.