Befuddling Rodney Stuckey highest-ranked Pistons' bench player in #NBArank

We’ve gotten to the point with Rodney Stuckey where reason goes out the window.

“He’s a talented player,” and “he can get to the basket and his jumper is improving,” or “he has potential to be a really good defender” — it’s a broken record that’s been playing for six seasons.  Stuckey debuted in ESPN’s #NBArank on Monday at No. 173, down from No. 103 last season.

Last season was probably one that Stuckey would like to forget. He was really never a factor for the Pistons at all. Not to mention he opened the season shooting a horrific 8-for-46 (17 percent) in the team’s first five games, and from there things improved slightly, I suppose.

Big thing was that he never had a role. Stuckey started at shooting guard, fading to the bench and returned to the rotation in a number of roles. For the majority of the season, he was a corner 3-point shooter who couldn’t shoot corner 3-pointers. It was bad.

But after an offseason where he was rumored to be on the trading block, but also strangely lauded by new head coach Maurice Cheeks, perhaps he rebounds.

It wouldn’t be hard considering how poorly he played last season. There’s incentive for Stuckey to play well himself; he’s in a contract season. There’s incentive from the Pistons as well. If he plays well and helps them, great. If he plays well and ends up fetching something decent in a trade, that’s great, too.

Look at the bright side, if Stuckey the player isn’t valuable this season, at least the “Expiring Contract of Rodney Stuckey” may have some value?

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