When the 2003-04 Pistons defeated the Lakers 4-1 in the NBA Finals, this was Detroit’s starting lineup: PG – Chauncey Billups; SG – Richard Hamilton; SF – Tayshaun Prince; PF – Rasheed Wallace; C – Ben Wallace
When the 2009-10 Pistons come to L.A., the lineup looks quite a bit different: PG – Rodney Stuckey; SG – Ben Gordon; SF – Jonas Jerebko; PF – Charlie Villanueva; C – Ben Wallace
Not only with the starters, but because General Manager Joe Dumars has retained only six players from the previous season, and Ben Wallace isn’t one of them. He was acquired in the offseason after spending the previous four seasons alternating between Cleveland and Chicago, and played his way into head coach John Kuester’s starting lineup. The other ’04 holdovers – Hamilton and Prince – have been battling respective injuries and played in only four combined games (three for Prince) as Detroit has opened 5-5 (2-3 on the road).
To get an idea of what this crew of Pistons’ is about, we enlisted assistant coach Frank Hamblen.