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Pistons Vs. Nets: Austin Daye To Start At Power Forward

The Detroit Pistons open the 2010-11 season tonight at the New Jersey Nets. When the Pistons take the floor for the first time this season, their starting five is expected to look like this:

PG Rodney Stuckey
SG Richard Hamilton
SF Tayshaun Prince
PF Austin Daye
C Ben Wallace

The only spot that was up in the air coming into the season was at power forward, where both Austin Daye and Charlie Villanueva were in contention for the starting job. Head coach John Kuester opted for Daye to start the season, but his decision is by no means a permanent thing.

"(Austin's) had a great training camp. Charlie's had a great training camp," Kuester said. "This is a long season. Nothing is etched in stone in regards to how we start."

As for Daye's reaction to the decision, he doesn't really care if he's a starter or not. He just wants to play.

"It's not really a big deal for me if I start or if I don't start," said Daye, who spoke to reporters before Kuester announced he was the starter. "It's always a matter of me playing significant minutes and I'll be happy."

Daye and the Pistons tip off the 2010-11 season at 7 p.m. tonight in New Jersey.