(Editor’s note: Fifth in a series of stories with Joe Dumars and his perspective on the Pistons.)

When the Pistons wrapped up business the night of the 2011 draft, it was well documented that they never anticipated coming away with Brandon Knight with the No. 8 pick. At worst, Knight was expected to be off the board at No. 5, going to Toronto, if he didn’t get taken first by Utah, choosing third.

Playing time is a zero-sum game. There are 240 minutes to go around – five players at a time multiplied by 48 minutes in a regulation game – and that’s not enough to satisfy 15 players. When Charlie Villanueva finally got his chance at a spot in the Pistons’ rotation in late November, it meant Jonas Jerebko was out. When Austin Daye moved into the rotation as Tayshaun Prince’s backup in the season’s 27th game on Monday, it came at the expense of Corey Maggette.

(Editor’s note: Fourth in a series of stories with Joe Dumars and his perspective on the Pistons.)

Joe Dumars had just one overarching objective for Brandon Knight’s second season: to take the next steps toward becoming the engine that drives the Pistons as their point guard.

(Editor’s note: Fourth in a series of stories with Joe Dumars and his perspective on the Pistons.)

Joe Dumars had just one overarching objective for Brandon Knight’s second season: to take the next steps toward becoming the engine that drives the Pistons as their point guard.

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