Stuckey out with a fractured thumb. Happened yesterday. Caught in a door jamb. Surgery Friday. That’ll keep him out a while.
Official diagnosis: Fracture of the distal phalanx of the right thumb. Caught inside his car door.
First of all, this is a terrible break for Stuckey, and this could be costly to him in a contract year. Maurice Cheeks just said the Pistons will use up to four guards, and I suspect he’ll still use four with Stuckey out: Brandon Jennings, Chauncey Billups, Will Bynum and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (or maybe Kyle Singler over Caldwell-Pope). When Stuckey returns – in several weeks, I predict – where will he fit? By then, Caldwell-Pope will be more comfortable in the NBA, and the only thing keeping Bynum behind Stuckey the last few years was a lack of opportunity.
However, as anyone who has read my last couple posts on the Pistons’ shooting guards knows, I think starting Stuckey would have been a huge mistake. Now, that potential error is averted. It seems Billups will get the nod, and he’s a much better fit with a non-shooting front line of Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.
Stuckey could have been helpful off the bench, but considering I don’t see Bynum or Caldwell-Pope as a huge downgrade, I’m much happier to avoid the risk of Stuckey starting. In a Machiavellian sense, of course. Mostly, I’m just cringing at the thought of closing a car door on my thumb. Ouch!