"If I didn’t feel we had the abilty to get this thing back I wouldn’t have signed for four years back. I would probably just have moved on to have a chance to win another title sooner & less money. But the one thing is I thought I had a lot more basketball left in me. If I go to a good team that was a contender I’d be playing less minutes. I just wasn’t ready to take that role as opposed to this role & I can do this at my home.’’
Prince, whose 33.7 minutes per game leads the Pistons, isn’t only getting plenty of playing time, he’s also getting plenty of shots. He takes 13.0 shots per game, tops on the team, even though his effective field-goal percentage (45.1) ranks eighth.
Unlike Patrick, I don’t have a huge problem with this. The Pistons don’t score particularly well, and that’s not just because of Prince.
Rodney Stuckey has battled injury. Greg Monroe disappears for stretches. Brandon Knight is still raw. Ben Gordon doesn’t look to shoot often enough. Detroit doesn’t have another player or players who should definitely be taking Prince’s looks.
But by the end of Prince’s four-year contract, those circumstances will change. Prince is becoming less effective as he ages, and his teammates are becoming more effective as they develop.
At some point – perhaps, as early as the start of next season – it will become imperative Prince accepts a reduced role. Hopefully, he’ll be ready whenever that date comes.
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