The Pistons are getting the band back together again. Maybe. Probably. And just in time to re-create their greatest hit. Or at least their breakthrough hit.

When the Pistons host Atlanta at The Palace tonight, they’ll be looking to win their fourth straight game since losing a whacky double-overtime decision at Atlanta last week – a game marked by a ferocious fourth-quarter comeback crafted entirely by their five-man bench unit of Will Bynum, Rodney Stuckey, Andre Drummond, Charlie Villanueva and Austin Daye.

As a fellow UConn Huskie, Charlie Villanueva’s interest in Andre Drummond was perhaps more keen than that of his teammates. When Villanueva traveled to Orlando to partake in a handful of practices before Drummond and other rookies and young players dived into their Summer League schedule, he was immediately struck by the traits of Drummond that are immediately striking: the sheer size, strength and eye-popping athleticism in one so frightfully young.

So Charlie V expected big things from Andre Drummond.

He just didn’t expect them so soon.

“Star Wars Night” is back at The Palace of Auburn Hills this Friday, Jan. 4 when the Detroit Pistons play the Atlanta Hawks at 7:30 p.m.!

Billy Dee Williams – or Lando Calrissian to fans of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi – will sign autographs during “Pistons Power Hour” from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Palace North Pavilion as part of “Friday Night Out,” presented by Buffalo Wild Wings.

Chuck Daly would say of the great Bad Boys teams that maybe some opponents could stick with his starters, but nobody could play with his bench. This bench Lawrence Frank has put together recently is about as exciting a group as the Pistons have had since that time.

Vinnie Johnson led the bench brigade for the Bad Boys and usually had one of the starting guards, Isiah or Joe D, out there with him, and while those two are both Hall of Famers, Vinnie was the catalyst of that group.

Since their whirlwind six-game road trip on the heels of the 2012-13 home opener, the Pistons have led the NBA in at least one category: games played. After playing one of just four league games on New Year’s Day, the Pistons have 34 in the books – 3.3 games above the average of the other 29 teams and 3.6 more than the average for the East’s 14 other teams.

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