Detroit Pistons: Which young point guard will seize the opportunity?

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Detroit Pistons, Saben Lee
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Detroit Pistons: Saben Lee is tough and smart

Saben Lee is the youngest of the three point guards and has the most upside.

He flashed some of it against Orlando, with season highs in points, assists and steals in the recent loss to the Magic.

He also showed exciting athleticism, rising up a few times for dunk attempts that nearly brought he rim down. 

Coach Dwane Casey had this to say after his performance:

"““He’s a true point guard,” Casey said. “He’s a true point. Talking to coach (Jerry) Stackhouse at Vanderbilt, he loved him. He’s a leader, he plays with pure heart. There’s no ‘me’ in his game whatsoever. That’s something that comes out when he’s out on the floor.”"

That sounds like an endorsement to me. I also like that he was coached by Jerry Stackhouse, former Piston and a guy many think deserves a shot at a head coaching gig in the NBA.

Like all the Pistons’ rookies, Lee has some flaws in his game that need improvement, namely his long-range shooting.

But Lee has the passing, athleticism and quickness to play in the NBA, especially if he can extend the range on his shot.

Saben Lee is my choice to get the most minutes but it will be a battle worth watching as long as Delon Wright is still out.

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