Tom Ziller, Mike Prada and Andrew Sharp of SB Nation have an interesting take on the top 100 players lists that have been all over the web during the lockout. Instead of ranking the top 100 players right now, they are predicting who they think will be the top 100 players in the NBA in 2015. The list includes current NBA players, incoming rookies and even some current college and highly recruited high school players.
But Rodney Stuckey’s credentials in 2015 are pretty much the same as his credentials now. He’ll be quietly solid, he’ll probably be one of the bright spots on an otherwise mediocre team, and he won’t be quite good enough to qualify for “one of the most underrated players in the league” status. But where Devin Harris seems like a guy who’ll fade to Bolivia, Stuckey seems like a guy’s who’ll be lurking in the NBA’s middle tier for at least another few years, and probably longer.
I like to think by 2015, the Pistons will be a bit better than mediocre, but I don’t disagree with Sharp’s assessment of Stuckey. I think he is what he is right now — a solid combo guard who would have a prominent role either as a fourth or fifth best starter or key reserve on a good team or a top one or two starter on a poor team, as he was last season.
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