An offensive juggernaut the Pistons are not, but the addition of Charlie Villanueva to the rotation has made them a more diverse team, at the very least.

When he's on, other teams have to do more than account for his presence on the floor. Shading their defense to protect a big man not accustomed to guarding a player 20 feet from the basket can surely throw some things out of whack — and even when Villanueva isn't on fire, you're taking a chance by leaving him open.

"When I'm on the floor, I spread the floor and make stuff easier for other guys," Villanueva said. "They can't pack the paint with me out there."

Saturday's win against the Cavaliers was a good illustration. Brandon Knight was trapped after a pick-and-roll and hit the floor, but Villanueva was open. Knight just missed him. Knight immediately called for the ball back, ran the same play with Villanueva and the 6-foot-11 forward nailed a 3-pointer from the wing.

"Just feeling good out there, making the most of my minutes, trying to maximize my time," Villanueva said. "They were really showing on Brandon, left me open and he made the right pass."

It was a key play in the Pistons' 104-97 come-from-behind win — and further explains why Knight, Rodney Stuckey and Tayshaun Prince like having Villanueva on the floor. He later found Knight with a baseline pass after being double-teamed, resulting in another 3-pointer that contributed to Knight's 30-point (career high) evening.

"He has a high basketball IQ and I want to make sure he fully takes advantage of that," coach Lawrence Frank said.

The Pistons have scored more than 100 points in five of the nine games since Villanueva's insertion into the rotation, and his 3-point shooting aids a team that doesn't have many shooters playing regularly.

"You have to look at all (factors)," said Frank of the Pistons' relative scoring binge. "You can't make any big generalizations. You have to look at the opponent, how we're playing, how they're playing."

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121211/SPORTS0102/212110355#ixzz2Ekd0ALx8