One of the bright spots in Wednesday night's loss to the Orlando Magic was the play of guard Chucky Atkins, who came off the bench to score six points on 3-of-7 shooting in 13 first-half minutes.
However, Atkins didn't get off the bench in the second half and it remains somewhat of a mystery what exactly his role with the team is.
After struggling with his shot in the first five games, Atkins saw his minutes reduced to the point where he took a dreaded DNP (did not play-coach's decision) in the game against Denver.
"I have no idea," Atkins said after Wednesday's game. "I have no idea what my role is. One minute, I play. Last game, I didn't play. This game, I come out and play 13 minutes in the first half, none in the second half. I have no idea. I'm just rolling with the ball. When you get traded to a team, sometimes it can be tough."
Detroit has the best record in the NBA (9-1) and is coming off a 114-89 home win over the Denver Nuggets that snapped Denver's four-game winning streak. The Pistons have experienced no problems adjusting from former coach Larry Brown's defensive-first system to Flip Saunders's more free-flowing offensive style.
Wednesday's win over Denver provided a snapshot of the team. Seven Pistons reached double figures in scoring and Detroit shot a crisp 53.1 percent from the field. Former Wizard Richard Hamilton has particularly flourished in Saunders's system, averaging 21.5 points per game.
The Wizards have dropped 12 straight to the Pistons and haven't won at the Palace of Auburn Hills since December of 2002.