Rodney Stuckey’s improvement stems from position change, restraint

Michael Pina of Shaky Ankles:

The change has been eye-opening. According to, this season Stuckey’s per-48 minute PER as a shooting guard has been three points higher than when he was running the point. His eFG% went from 33.1% to 49.7%, and while he averaged one more shot per-48 minutes as a point guard, he’s averaging 5.4 more points nestled into his more comfortable situation. Overall though, this isn’t about how Stuckey’s numbers are soaring through the stratosphere. He’s averaging a career low in shot attempts per-36 minutes, with the worst assist and rebound numbers since his rookie year. But on the other end of the spectrum he’s attempting over seven free-throws per-36 minutes, a career best. His usage rate has dropped to the lowest it’s ever been but his TS% is a personal best. Seeing a theme here? This is a celebration of restraint and temperment. In the case of Rodney Stuckey, less means so much more. He’s shooting threes in flow with the offense and attacking in transition at one of the most efficient rates in the league

Rodney Stuckey is probably only a slightly better player than he was last season, but he’s playing much better. Pina’s numbers explain the change.

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