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Playoff Push: Charlie Villanueva

What is the No. 1 thing Charlie Villanueva can step up to do to help the Pistons make the playoffs?

Shoot better from the free-throw line

I hope Villanueva plays a minor role on this team, but there will likely by a point in the season he joins the rotation. When that happens, I hope he’s a little more focused than last season, when he shot 55 percent from the free-throw line. That’s an inexcusable number for such a good shooter. An improvement would show he at least cares.

-Dan Feldman

Let’s just get through this

One more year and the Pistons are done with the summer of 2009 forever. We can all forget it ever happened. That’s all there is to say.

-Patrick Hayes

Act like a veteran

With so many young players (and Josh Smith) getting minutes in the front court this season, Villanueva will not get much play time time – probably even less time than last season. The Pistons can’t have him be a bug in the locker room. He’s 29 and has been in the NBA for eight years now. He’s a veteran and needs to use that to the Pistons advantage, mentoring the young and budding players – or at least not disrupting them.

-Jameson Draper

Play like he wants to get paid this summer

Villanueva isn’t the Pistons’ best frontcourt player, but he might have the best jumper of the bunch. He’s probably going to be in and out of the rotation, but as long as he’s making 3-pointers, he’s going to play. That’s a necessity the way this group is constructed. Plus, he’s going into a contract season, and the last (only?) time Villanueva has been motivated was a contract year.

- Brady Fredericksen


  • Oct 11, 201310:43 am
    by gmehl


    I’m with Patrick on this one

  • Oct 11, 201310:59 am
    by MIKEYDE248


    I think the best thing he could do to help the Pistons would be to take a play out of Stuckeys play book and break a finger and ride the bench.

    • Oct 11, 201311:07 am
      by Clint in Flint


      The best thing he could do is retire.
      This is going to be a very entertaining season, Joe did good this summer.

  • Oct 11, 201311:22 am
    by AaronD


    The best thing he could do is get traded.

  • Oct 11, 201312:03 pm



    Its what he does, I have no expectation of him other than to shoot the ball anything else is gravy, but in the preseason so far he has looked alot more lively around the basket

  • Oct 12, 20137:52 am
    by Robb


    This guy should have been traded or gone 2 years ago and upgraded with a younger and faster player. The sooner this happens the better.

  • Oct 12, 20138:30 am
    by Tyrone


    I agree with all three points that dan made.  It is now up to CV31.  I believe that he will be a different player this season and an asset for this team.  Shooting is what he dose best, this team can use sharp shooters to help space the floor. CV31 is 29 years old and I would think that he would want at least one more NBA contract (Detroit or anywhere else), so the ball is now in his court to go out and earn it with his play.

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