Rod Beard: Pistons' veterans setting standard for eager upstarts to follow

Lottery picks often have a way of changing a team’s fortunes quickly. It wasn’t so long ago that Giannis Antetokounmpo set the league on fire as a rookie in 2013 as a starter in the Milwaukee Bucks resurgence. Seeing Jamal Murray immediately push the Denver Nuggets to success in 2016 also is a recent memory. Except those things didn’t happen. In his rookie season, Antetokounmpo started just 23 of 77 games after being a surprise pick at No. 15 in his draft. The Bucks went 15-67 that season but took their time with the future MVP, developing him slowly instead of throwing him into the fire. The …

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