DICE ROLLS, YOUNG BIG MEN SIT
I have to say, that month off that Antonio McDyess had certainly rejuvenated him. He's been stroking his 17-foot jumpers regularly in the first couple of games since coming back. No doubt, the Pistons are a much more formidable team with him back.
I wonder, though, how the team's other frontcourt reserves are going to handle reduced playing time. Amir Johnson and Kwame Brown didn't play at all in McDyess' first two games back.
I can see why Brown is getting benched - he blew his starting job with too many defensive errors. But Johnson has kept his head up after losing his starting job early in the season. He's been productive and active most of the times that Michael Curry has used him. It doesn't make sense to bury the 21-year-old but I don't see how he's going to get minutes unless the small lineup experiment flops. McDyess and Jason Maxiell are options No. 1 and No. 2 off the bench in the frontcourt, leaving few or no minutes for anyone else.