TORONTO – Wherever the trail takes the Pistons and Toronto Raptors from here, their fork in the road began with the 2011 NBA draft.
The Pistons won’t be a prolific 3-point shooting team this season – their roster just isn’t set up for it – but they hope to be an efficient one. Among their starters, only Brandon Knight is more than an infrequent 3-point shooter, though Rodney Stuckey had his best season from the arc a year ago and hopes to continue to progress. Off their bench, Charlie Villanueva and Austin Daye would represent a 3-point threat … if they can crack the rotation. Ditto for rookies Kim English and Khris Middleton.
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Lawrence Frank has 17 players on his roster and vows to give each of them an honest shot. But to do it, he has to eliminate a handful of them from consideration for playing time in each of the Pistons’ eight preseason games.