Charlie Villanueva has been much maligned since his arrival in 2009.

But since he's been out, serving a suspension from a 2010-11 late-season altercation, the Pistons have severely missed his presence.

The Pistons were without Villanueva again Friday against the Celtics, but welcome him back tonight against the Pacers.

Still, Pistons coach Lawrence Frank doesn't want to look at Villanueva as the magic elixir to the team's ills.

"We have to do better," Frank said of his team's 0-2 start. "You never can rely on one person. We have enough with what we have."

Most of the issues revolve around the defense, where Villanueva isn't exactly known as a stopper.

Villanueva's value lies mostly on offense. He comes off the bench, providing instant scoring, an area that aside from Brandon Knight, the Pistons have been anemic.

Still, don't expect miracles.

"He's missed time," Frank said. "Like anything else, it'll be a process for Charlie to get into the mix and rhythm just because we've had these games. Like for all these players, it'll take a little bit."

Although fans would like to see Villanueva play closer to the basket, he's a threat from 3-point range, which opens driving lanes for Ben Gordon, Knight and Rodney Stuckey.