Playoff Push: Charlie Villanueva

What is the No. 1 thing Charlie Villanueva can step up to do to help the Pistons make the playoffs?

Shoot better from the free-throw line

I hope Villanueva plays a minor role on this team, but there will likely by a point in the season he joins the rotation. When that happens, I hope he’s a little more focused than last season, when he shot 55 percent from the free-throw line. That’s an inexcusable number for such a good shooter. An improvement would show he at least cares.

-Dan Feldman

Let’s just get through this

One more year and the Pistons are done with the summer of 2009 forever. We can all forget it ever happened. That’s all there is to say.

-Patrick Hayes

Act like a veteran

With so many young players (and Josh Smith) getting minutes in the front court this season, Villanueva will not get much play time time – probably even less time than last season. The Pistons can’t have him be a bug in the locker room. He’s 29 and has been in the NBA for eight years now. He’s a veteran and needs to use that to the Pistons advantage, mentoring the young and budding players – or at least not disrupting them.

-Jameson Draper

Play like he wants to get paid this summer

Villanueva isn’t the Pistons’ best frontcourt player, but he might have the best jumper of the bunch. He’s probably going to be in and out of the rotation, but as long as he’s making 3-pointers, he’s going to play. That’s a necessity the way this group is constructed. Plus, he’s going into a contract season, and the last (only?) time Villanueva has been motivated was a contract year.

- Brady Fredericksen

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