Detroit Pistons Summer League legends: #2: Rodney Stuckey
In 2008 Rodney Stuckey had perhaps the best Summer League of any Piston ever. He averaged 19 points, which is the most of any Piston, and took home first-team honors. He was a decent facilitator, defender, and rebounder, but mostly he just got himself to the rim, and he made it look easy.
The next summer, he cooled off a bit but still put up 14 points and played a more well-rounded game. After being selected 15th overall, he had a solid NBA career despite never really getting his three-point shot to fall. His seven seasons in Detroit between 2007-14 were during some pretty forgettable years, but he took home All-Rookie honors after his dazzling Summer League performance.
He had some flashy plays during his NBA career and was at times an above-average guard, but the Summer League may have been when he peaked. He was remarkable out there, and I don’t understand how he didn’t win MVP of the summer.
Stuckey had the best individual season of any Piston in the summer, but he did not have the best Summer League career. His second season, while decent, did not light the world on fire the way his first one did. In order to take the number one spot, you have to demonstrate greatness multiple times over.