With Rip Hamilton gone and Brandon Knight the point guard of the future, Rodney Stuckey is sure to get minutes at both guard spots this season. In fact, many fans would like to see Stuckey become primarily a shooting guard. Mike Payne at Detroit Bad Boys gives some thoughts on Stuckey as a two:
Here’s the thing fans should come to grips with before the season starts: Rodney Stuckey is not the answer at shooting guard. His title as a “combo guard” relates to his inability to fit into a modern NBA position, it does not suggest an ability to adequately produce at multiple positions. His size advantage is lost at the two, and without the ball in his hand, he’s an offensive liability as well. The idea that Stuckey might work at shooting guard has been passed around by fans for years now, but sadly, it just isn’t reflected in this player’s style or body of work. If Stuckey’s past performance at shooting guard continues this year, let’s hope Lawrence Frank is quick to adjust for the sake of the team and the fans that support it.
That basically sums up how I feel about Stuckey. As a point guard, despite so-so results at the position in his career, he still has an elite mix of size, strength and quickness for the position. He’s bigger and stronger than most ones he will face and he’s gotten better and better at drawing contact against small players. At shooting guard? His skillset is more average among NBA twos. That doesn’t mean Stuckey is a bad player or can’t be effective at the two for stretches, but Payne is right: to this point in his career, there is little evidence that Stuckey is the full-time answer at either position.
The caveat here, though, is that despite being in the league for four seasons, Stuckey has gotten a bit better each season and he’s still only 25-years-old. Personally, I still believe Stuckey’s best position is at the point, although if he becomes some sort of hybrid guard off the bench where he can come in and play the position where he can best use his physical advantages on a game-to-game basis that might be the ideal role for him.
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