When the Detroit Pistons signed Charlie Villanueva to a five-year, $37.7 million deal in the summer of 2009, I’m sure they expected more plays like the one he did on Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. This season, he’s averaged 7.7 points and 3.6 boards in 42 games. Not exactly worth the money but Saturday night was certainly a good moment for Villanueva.
The Pistons and the Bucks were tied at 100. Detroit had the ball and was killing clock as the shot clock and game clock had a 10-second differential. Jose Calderon got into the lane and passed to a momentarily wide open Will Bynum. Bynum drove into the lane and kicked out to the top where Villanueva was.
Ersan Ilyasova came running at Villanueva but Charlie had the presence of mind of faking the three-pointer. With the shot clock running down, Villanueva put up the straightaway three that went inside the hoop. The Pistons would take a three-point lead and eventually beat the Bucks, 105-100.
Again, there haven’t been very many good moments with Charlie Villanueva for Detroit. But in that one play, it reminded Detroit on why they signed him in the first place. Now they’re hoping he can provide a few more of those plays as the Pistons try to make a run for the playoffs. They haven’t made the postseason since 2008.
Good on you, Charlie V!