Rodney Stuckey passes less than any point guard except Brandon Jennings, Pistons plan to re-sign him anway
Basketball-Reference.com recently compiled data, broken down by position, of players who pass the least per touch. Not surprisingly to Pistons watchers, Rodney Stuckey was near the top of the list of black holes at point guard.
Stuckey passes on 59 percent of his possessions, just slightly better than Brandon Jennings at 58.9 percent.
Stuckey plays shooting guard now, and has for the last 20 games or so, and that may have impacted on his percentage, but probably not enough to drastically change it. If he were counted among shooting guards, he’d tied for 21st with Joe Johnson of Atlanta.
It’s interesting data that hopefully the Pistons consider, as they are apparently still trying to determine if he’s the long-term answer at shooting guard or point guard. In Joe Dumars’ interview with Keith Langlois, Dumars wouldn’t specify which position he thought Stuckey would play long-term. However, Dumars unequivocally said the Pistons plan to re-sign him:
KL: With Rodney, as I said, a restricted free agent at the end of the season. As we know, the history of restricted free agency is it’s been pretty restrictive. There hasn’t been a lot of movement there, but we don’t know what the new collective bargaining agreement will look like. The CBA aside, do you go into this off-season still intent of bringing Rodney back?
JD: Oh, yeah. Absolutely. There’s no question about that. Rodney is maybe 24 now and he’s a good, young player. We like him. He’ll be a part of our core going forward and we have every intention of re-signing him and going forward with him.
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