When the only two 30-somethings on the Pistons first came into the league, the NBA West was the go-go conference and the East was all bump and grind.

Thirteen years after Corey Maggette was drafted and 10 years since Tayshaun Prince joined the Pistons, not much has changed in their eyes.

One of the qualities that endeared both Kyle Singler and Kim English to the Pistons over the course of their four-year college careers was the sheer competitive drive. So it won’t surprise anyone at 6 Championship Drive that the season-opening loss to Houston cast a pall on their otherwise successful debuts.

But their performances as primary backups to Tayshaun Prince and Rodney Stuckey were among the bright spots of the 105-96 defeat. English scored eight points in 14 minutes with three assists. Singler scored 10 points in 16 minutes with a couple of rebounds and a blocked shot.

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