OK, Detroit, enough with the hot-and-cold, yes-and-no flirtation with Rodney Stuckey as a critical piece of the team. You like him or you don’t. You had let him become a restricted free agent, making us think you didn’t like him. Then you signed him to a ridiculously appropriate deal, making us think you did like him. Now you have him coming off of the bench behind Kyle Singler. KYLE SINGLER. As a result (and only a result, dammit), Stuckey is shooting 38 percent.
Enough! Stuckey has always been considered the next Billups — so much so that you, Detroit, drafted Stuckey and traded Billups himself to make room in the rotation. We need to see Stuckey reach those heights. Or alternately, we need to see Stuckey and Tyreke Evans abandon the NBA and begin a one-on-one league. Dear Basketball Gods, you must smile on that possibility, no? Does that idea please you?
I know Ziller is being somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but I’m obliged to point out:
- Stuckey’s field-goal percentage as a starter: 28
- Stuckey’s field-goal percentage as a reserve: 42
As far as Ziller’s larger point that the Pistons should trade Stuckey to set him free? Yeah, I don’t care anymore whether Detroit keeps Stuckey. Stuckey is a fine reserve and OK starter, and though he’s a nice piece to have, he’s no longer integral to the Pistons. But I’m not convinced he’d be integral to another team, either.