(Editor's note: Today continues a series looking at the 17 players – 15 under standard contracts, two on two-way deals – who comprise the 2019-20 Pistons roster heading into the home stretch of the off-season. Today: Tim Frazier. Coming Friday: Blake Griffin.) Not that the Pistons ever doubted the value of a first-rate point guard to man their second unit, but they got a sobering reminder of it last season. Humming along under first-year coach Dwane Casey with a 13-8 record in early December, Ish Smith pulled up with a leg injury early in a game at Milwaukee. He would wind up missing 26 games – after playing in 163 of 164 games over his first two Pistons seasons – and it cost the Pistons dearly.
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