A few days ago, we discussed who we thought should start at point guard for the Pistons, Brandon Knight or Rodney Stuckey. Based on the comments, there were a variety of opinions, but the two most popular options seemed to be starting Knight at PG and Stuckey at SG or starting Stuckey at PG and bringing Knight off the bench.
Well, in an interesting post looking at the positional battles of Pistons rookies, Omaha Sun of Ridiculous Upside asks a simple question: what if Stuckey, a restricted free agent, is not in the point or shooting guard mix at all?
Three years ago, Detroit had to decide whether they were going to keep the veteran Chauncey Billups or move forward with the young Rodney Stuckey. They chose youth over experience and Stuckeybecame the man at point guard. After a less-than-stellar three years, Detroit again faces a similar decision as Stuckey is a restricted free agent. Stuckey’s potential could lure in a couple teams, and if a team offers him a long-term contract worth starter money, Detroit would be wise to let him go …
My expectation is that Stuckey departs and Knight is named the opening-day starter. However, he will be splitting time with Will Bynum as he grows into his role. 12-14 ppg, 3-5 apg, and 2-3 topg in 28-30 mpg.
I think most Pistons followers assume it’s a foregone conclusion that Stuckey will be back, but it definitely changes things drastically if he gets a big offer elsewhere and the Pistons decide not to match. At that point, they will no longer have the luxury of deciding whether or not to bring Knight along slowly. I would love to see Knight play, but I’m not convinced big minutes and a starting role early on would be the best way for him to develop. I’d prefer Stuckey comes back on a reasonable deal and Knight simply beats him out for the point guard job.