The last two seasons, the Pistons’ shooting guard position had an uncomfortable combination with incumbent starter Rip Hamilton and pricey free agent signing Ben Gordon both wanting the job. Neither player every was super comfortable with the situation, though Hamilton was … uh … a bit more vocal about things, which hastened his departure in the offseason.
“At the end of the day, as long as we win games, there’s not much to complain about, not much to be worried about,” Gordon said. “Last game, just coming back for the first time, I made my way back into the lineup. But it’s the same thing Stuck went through when he got hurt, just playing yourself back into shape, and I’m not really disrupting the flow of the team. So that’s the role I’ll accept for now, and as long as we’re winning, it’s all good.”
“For now.” Good luck, Lawrence Frank. Gordon has kind of come full circle now in his Pistons career. Originally, he was the fresh-faced newbie with the big contract who appeared to be the future at the position while Hamilton was the pricey veteran not ready to relinquish his role. Now, Stuckey is playing that Gordon role — younger, expensive new contract and appears to be viewed primarily as a shooting guard by the organization now. In the past, Gordon was quiet about his situation, seemingly content to bide his time until Hamilton was finally moved and he’d get the starting spot he’d long coveted.
He got it this season. For a minute. It will be interesting to see, if Gordon continues to come off the bench, whether he’s as mum on the issue as he’s been on the past or if he, like Hamilton before him, gets worried about the younger player at his position that the team seems more committed to at the moment.