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Chad Ford: Rodney Stuckey and Tayshaun Prince rank among best 2011 free agents

ESPN’s Chad Ford ranked the best 2011 NBA free agents, and a couple Pistons made the cut.

Rodney Stuckey ranked third among restricted free agents:

Stuckey continues his steady improvement in Detroit. He appeared to be a steal as the 15th pick in the 2007 draft but hasn’t really reached his ceiling. He’s still more comfortable as a slasher/scorer than as a point guard, and he hasn’t found a consistent stroke from long range. But at this point he’s a big part of the future of the Pistons, and I doubt there’s any chance they’ll let him walk.

Tayshaun Prince ranked fifth among unrestricted free agents:

Injuries have slowed the 30-year-old small forward at times, but when Prince is at his best, he’s a lock-down perimeter defender who can hit open shots.

With the Pistons in rebuilding mode, it’s very likely he’ll bolt this summer if they don’t trade him first.

Ford also listed Jonas Jerebko as an “other notable” restricted free agent. Curiously, Tracy McGrady didn’t make the list.

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  • Feb 4, 201111:00 am
    by Jason

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    Kind of unbelievable that McGrady didn’t make this list… And I sure hope a couple GM’s out there think there is any truth to Stuckey “Not yet hitting his cieling”, and decide to throw more money at him then Dumars is willing to… Only then can we truly “Rebuild”
     
    Then all we need to do is draft Jimmer Frdette, and we have our PG of the future..

  • Feb 4, 201112:08 pm
    by Tim

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    Unfortunately, unless Detroit can strip itself of some other bad contracts (Hamilton, Gordon, Maxiell), it will be counter productive to re-sign either Prince or Stuckey. And while I am all for chasing the playoffs as opposed to tanking, Prince and Stuckey should have considerable value to a lot of teams for the remainder of this year. There really ought to be a way  to give those players away as the sweeteners to get rid of some of the bad contracts. For example: Gordon+Maxiell+Stuckey may well be able to fetch Butler+Stevenson and maybe even Barea or Mahinmi on top of that.
    Unlike some PP readers, I actually like Stuckey, but his value runs out after this season because odds are that he will fetch a contract for at least as much money as he is worth. His true value comes in the fact that he is presently capable of outperforming his rookie scale contract.

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