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Hamilton to the bench

Richard Hamilton will come off the bench for the Pistons, according to Chris Lau of the Detroit Free Press.

Pistons coach Michael Curry announced today that Richard Hamilton will lose his place in the starting lineup as the team tries to overcome its recent struggles

Power forward Amir Johnson will replace him in the starting lineup most nights. Center Kwame will start against especially big teams.

Curry also said Will Bynum will see consistent minutes as the backup point guard, according to the Oakland Press’s Dana Gauruder. As Gauruder notes, with Tayshaun Prince’s move back to small forward, there won’t be many minutes left for Arron Afflalo.

Bynum has played in 24 games this year. He averages 3.8 points, 1.6 assists and 0.9 turnovers in 8.5 minutes per game.

Afflalo has played in all 40 of Detroit’s games. He averages 4.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per game.


  • Jan 20, 20094:08 pm
    by Drew


    Finally Michael Curry has done something smart in his tenure as Pistons Head Coach!! Rip belongs on the bench ever since we aquired AI. The lineup that they were running while Rip was hurt was working. Stuckey and AI were just starting to get their rhythm together. Also putting Prince back at small forward will definitely help as well. He cannot handle a power forward on the defensive side of the ball.

  • Jan 20, 20094:33 pm
    by Jack


    no offense but what are you offering I can’t get in 50 other places

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  • Jan 21, 200912:50 pm
    by CaptBackslap


    I’m not sure that Tayshaun moving back to the SF spot full-time means much for Afflalo’s total minutes, since he’ll probably get backup SF minutes (Rip will probably get some of those as well, but there will be plenty of times when Prince and AI are both off the floor), as well as spot usage when another SG has foul trouble or whatnot. I’d say his total minutes will decline a bit, to maybe 13 a game, but he’ll still be a key rotation piece.

    The only thing I’m nervous about with this move is Will Bynum being promoted to the full-time backup point. I like the kid and I think he’ll be a good player, but I’m not sure if he’s ready for that much responsibility this year. His turnovers have been down a lot when he’s had a chance to play in the past month, though, so there’s definitely hope on that front too.

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