Jose Calderon and Brandon Knight: Pistons’ new starting backcourt


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"Keith_Langlois: Pistoms not likely to have Calderon until Monday due to visa issues"

"Keith_Langlois: LFrank says Calderon will start as soon as he’s cleared. BK will start at 2. Stuckey likely to play some 3, Frank said."

This is the starting backcourt most of wanted, though it will create some defensive challenges. Jose Calderon is a poor defender, and Brandon Knight is undersized as a shooting guard. Every night, one or both opposing guards will have an advantage when Detroit is on defense.

Andre Drummond playing more has become even more essential, as he has the ability to protect the rim and cover for Calderon and Knight in ways Jason Maxiell can’t. As far as other changes to the starting lineup, in the actually might-happen department, I’m guessing Kyle Singler will slide from shooting guard to small forward, but I haven’t seen that confirmed.