Tuesday , Aug , 31 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Charlie Villanueva has starter`s mentality for Detroit Pistons

Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva has been preparing himself for a starting role this summer. Jonas Jerebko appears to be the odds-on favorite to be Detroit’s starting small forward, but Villanueva plans on challenging for the job. "That’s my mentality – to be a starter," Villanueva said.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s a delicate balance for Charlie Villanueva.

On the one hand, it’s a positive that Charlie ‘V’ wants to start. The forward surely wants to redeem himself after his poor 2010, and prove he’s worth the five-year, $35 million free agent pact he signed.

On the other hand, Villanueva’s individual goals may get in the way of the Detroit Pistons’ goal of improving. And Ben Gordon, Rip Hamilton, Tracy McGrady, and Tayshaun Prince are preparing for comeback campaigns of their own.

There are only so many shots. And there are only so many minutes.   

With Gordon, Hamilton, and T-Mac looking to score, Villanueva may not get many opportunities. And the former Connecticut Husky isn`t much good unless he`s filling up the bucket.

Perhaps Villanueva should reconsider what he wants to achieve in 2011. This would be good for him and the Pistons.

–Oly Sandor.

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