Dwane Casey reserves the right to change his mind.
But after two preseason games, it’s beginning to become clear the Detroit Pistons coach is leaning toward a bench unit featuring a backcourt of Derrick Rose and Luke Kennard.
The duo produced — at least offensively — scoring a combined 37 points in the 124-117 victory at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday night.
The Pistons (1-1) were 18-for-45 from 3-point range, but in examining the rotation, Casey went with Rose and Kennard as his first subs for the first two games of the preseason.
Blake Griffin scored 17 points and Andre Drummond added 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots as the Pistons played with more energy after suffering a loss to the Orlando Magic in Monday’s preseason opener.
Rose, who signed a two-year, $15 million contract in the offseason, scored 18 points on 8-for-12 shooting in 24 minutes.
Kennard, the third-year guard, scored eight points in the first quarter on the way to 19 points on a 6-for-8 shooting night in 26 minutes.
“Luke still doesn’t know how good he is,” Rose said. “I just got to keep feeding him and building his confidence. That’s why I’m here to try and elevate guys.
“My job is just to create and rebound and pass the ball when they need it.”
There is debate within the fan base as to what’s the best role for Kennard.
But because Kennard, who is an effective pick-and-roll ballhandler, tends to get lost in the starting lineup with Griffin, Drummond and Reggie Jackson, the bench appears to be the best fit.
He can share pick-and-roll duties with Rose.
“When Derrick got tired of running pick-and-rolls, we went to Luke,” Casey said. “Anytime you have multiple ballhandlers and pick-and-roll players, the way the game is played today, it’s huge.
“They can shoot it, it really gives you a different dimension and it helped us out. I think once they get to know each other and get a rhythm for each other, it’s going to help us.”
Good minutes from Wood
Center Christian Wood, who is trying to earn a roster spot, had another good game.
After a 19-point, eight-rebound performance vs. the Magic, Wood gave the Pistons good minutes in the first half.
He made a strong roll to the basket, leading to a dunk off a Griffin assist.
He scored four points, grabbed five rebounds and added two assists in the first half.
He finished with five points and seven rebounds in nine minutes.
Brown gets another start
It also looks like second-year guard Bruce Brown will get the starting nod when the Pistons open the regular season Oct. 23 at Indiana.
But he needs to take open corner 3-pointers — despite shooting 27.8% from 3-point range as a rookie.
In the first half, he received a pass in the right corner.
He was open for a split second, but declined to shoot.
He drove the baseline and tried a pass to Griffin, but it led to a turnover.
During the next stoppage, Griffin and Casey were spotted telling Brown to shoot it.
He made his only shot attempt, scoring two points — although he did have several testy exchanges with Mavericks star Luka Doncic.
Second-year guard Khyri Thomas and rookie forward Sekou Doumbouya and veteran point guard Tim Frazier didn’t play until garbage time, while veteran Joe Johnson never left the bench.
See you in Mexico
It was the first preseason appearances of Mavs standouts Kristaps Porzingis and Doncic, who combined for 39 points — although they were each 7-for-18 from the field. The Mavericks are 0-2.
The Pistons will face the Mavericks during the regular season in Mexico City.
The game will be played Dec. 12 at Mexico City Arena.