It seems strange that a player shooting just 1-for-22 on the season would have people advocating getting him more touches, but apparently, that’s the case with Rodney Stuckey. Here’s Tayshaun Prince, via Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:
Tayshaun Prince said Stuckey has been taken out of his aggressiveness, which in part could be attributed to the former lead guard being moved off the ball to make way for Brandon Knight to become more of a pure point guard this season.
“Whenever a player is struggling, it’s up to the team or the staff to get him involved, find ways to get him out of it,” Prince said. “At the same time, Stuckey has to be aggressive. We haven’t put it in his hands enough, and he hasn’t had a flow or rhythm to each game.”
And here’s Stuckey himself, kind of sort of backing up that ‘not enough touches’ meme, via Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:
“Yeah, don’t know,” Stuckey said as he was getting dressed. “We’ll figure it out. Yeah, I feel like I’m just in the corner a lot more and just watching instead of creating and stuff like that, but we’ll figure it out.”
I don’t have a huge problem with that … I guess. Scorers are supposed to want to score. I get that. But not only has Stuckey’s shooting been awful, his defense and energy have been really bad too. The Pistons guards have been shredded by Jeremy Lin/James Harden, Goran Dragic/Shannon Brown and Steve Blake/Kobe Bryant.
Poor shooting can be explained away with slumps/role in the offense type rhetoric. Awful defense, though? Opposing guards have both got into the lane at will against the Pistons and have had continuous open looks from the perimeter. You can be struggling to shoot and still not be a sieve defensively.