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Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk #19 of the Detroit Pistons controls the ball in front of Dennis Smith Jr. . (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) /

Detroit Pistons: Will Dennis Smith Jr. or Frank Jackson step up?

Dennis Smith Jr. was hoping to be the next successful rehab project in Detroit, but so far it has not gone well.

The 23-year-old has only played about 16 minutes per game since joining Detroit, mostly because he has not shot the ball well and has been turning it over far too much.

With rookie Saben Lee playing well (more on that in a minute) Smith Jr. found himself on the bench for most of the game against the Magic.

If Smith Jr. can’t crack this rotation then there is little chance for his future in the NBA, as Detroit is desperate for bodies at this point.

His poor play should lead to more time for Frank Jackson, who I actually like. I watched quite a lot of Jackson with the New Orleans Pelicans and think he can be a player. He is strong enough to defend both guard positions, though he is a streaky shooter without much range.

One of these two guys is going to seize the role and it will probably be a point guard by committee approach until one of them does.

This is the type of chance both guys have been waiting for, so one of them needs to step up.