Tayshaun Prince: Why Is He Still Starting?

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2010

AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 26:  (L-R) Arron Afflalo #28, Tayshaun Prince #22 and Walter Herrmann #5 of the Detroit Pistons sit on the bench in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 26, 2009 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The Cavaliers won 99-78.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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I'd be lying if I said that I have watched a full NBA game this season. Not my hometown Pistons, not my personal favorite Clippers, not one game.

Yet, I do pay attention to statistics and various media outlets to see what potential trade scenarios are and who's available and who's not.

The Detroit Pistons are a mess. That's the best way I can describe them, and I don't see anything changing that in the near future. Any game they have won is from hard work and hustle plays, not outscoring or shutting down all-star players.

If you take a closer look, all but one of their wins have one thing in common when you glance at the box score: Tayshaun Prince's name is right next to the letters "DNP"—Did Not Play.

Yes, Prince has only been part of one of the team's wins, when they defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in their first game of the season on Oct. 28, 2009.

Jonas Jerebko has benefited most from Prince's injury, starting in 36 games thus far. Here is a quick glance at both players' statistics.

Prince averages 8.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 31.5 minutes per game shooting 39.8 percent from the field.

Jerebko averages 8.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 0.7 assists in just 27.8 minutes, but with a 47 percent field goal percentage.

Jerebko also posts better numbers in free throw percentage, three-point percentage, steals per game, and blocks per game.

It is clear than Jerebko is more worthy of a starting position than Prince this year and the individual stats as well as the team's record back it up.

By benching Prince, I'm not suggesting that the team will make the playoffs or will have a 180 degree turnaround.

However, I do believe that benching him will be better for the team's welfare as well as keep his trade value from dropping any more than it already has.

Because if anyone needs to be traded, Tayshaun Prince is the guy.