Rodney Stuckey and infinite upside

The Pistons, at the very least, now have a promising roster to show for a painful last four seasons. Greg Monroe will be an All-Star very soon. Brandon Knight and Andre Drummond are teeming with potential. Jonas Jerebko and Kim English are incredibly easy to root for. And perhaps one or more of Slava Kravstov, Kyle Singler or Khris Middleton will turn into the latest obscure find for Joe Dumars.

But the player who very well might be the key to it all working? That would be Rodney Stuckey. It’s strange to think of a player entering his sixth season, who will turn 27 in 2013, in terms of upside, but because of that magnificent stretch of games in February and March where he looked like a legitimate All-Star, Stuckey improbably enters this season, once again, with fans talking about his potential. I wrote about that for the Detroit Free Press today:

As much as the Pistons are depending on Monroe, Drummond and Knight to lead that basketball resurgence, it’s still Stuckey who is the wild card in the scenario. The Stuckey of his first five seasons in Detroit is a good player but probably not a major difference-maker on a young team searching for a new identity.

The Stuckey who stepped on the court for about 20 or so games in February and March, though, is precisely the player who can make theoretical talk of returning to the playoffs a reality.

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