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.
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?