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Rodney Stuckey and infinite upside

The Pistons, at the very least, now have a promising roster to show for a painful last four seasons. Greg Monroe will be an All-Star very soon. Brandon Knight and Andre Drummond are teeming with potential. Jonas Jerebko and Kim English are incredibly easy to root for. And perhaps one or more of Slava Kravstov, Kyle Singler or Khris Middleton will turn into the latest obscure find for Joe Dumars.

But the player who very well might be the key to it all working? That would be Rodney Stuckey. It’s strange to think of a player entering his sixth season, who will turn 27 in 2013, in terms of upside, but because of that magnificent stretch of games in February and March where he looked like a legitimate All-Star, Stuckey improbably enters this season, once again, with fans talking about his potential. I wrote about that for the Detroit Free Press today:

As much as the Pistons are depending on Monroe, Drummond and Knight to lead that basketball resurgence, it’s still Stuckey who is the wild card in the scenario. The Stuckey of his first five seasons in Detroit is a good player but probably not a major difference-maker on a young team searching for a new identity.

The Stuckey who stepped on the court for about 20 or so games in February and March, though, is precisely the player who can make theoretical talk of returning to the playoffs a reality.

14 Comments

  • Sep 7, 20127:33 pm
    by Max

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    Damn straight,

  • Sep 7, 201210:00 pm
    by Bugsygod

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    Solid Postive article.  Good your starting to see the potential of this team! Deeeetttreoitt BASSSKETTBALLLL 

    • Sep 7, 201211:55 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Come on man. Enough with the positive/negative stuff. Just because you like a team doesn’t mean everything written about that team always has to be positive. I write positive things when I feel it warrants it and negative when I feel it warrants it. The last few years, I’ve probably felt more negatively. But that doesn’t mean I need to come around or ‘start to see the potential’ of this team. I understand the potential. I’m just balanced about it.

  • Sep 7, 201210:06 pm
    by tarsier

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    D-Will, Rondo, JJ, Wade, Rose, Wall, and Irving are all in conference. I doubt Stuckey will ever taste an all-star game. But still a nice player to have.

    • Sep 8, 201212:00 am
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Probably not, although Rose won’t be in the game this year, JJ could fall off at any time and Wall/Irving are still young enough where if Stuckey is going to sneak into an AS game, this could be the year. By the time Rose is back healthy and Wall/Irving are playing like grown ass men on good teams, you’re right, Stuckey probably won’t have much of a chance.

      • Sep 8, 20121:09 am
        by tarsier

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        Rose won’t make it this year. And neither will Wall most likely. But Irving probably has a better shot than Stuckey.

  • Sep 7, 201211:20 pm
    by moe

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    stuck was unstoppable . he even outplayed kobe the night he played him. he can get the job done when focus all doubters will see were gonna shock alot of people. 2013 playoffs is comin.

  • Sep 7, 201211:22 pm
    by MrHappyMushroom

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    Stuckey is good. But he’s not the difference maker.  He’s missed a substantial number of games due to injury every season but one, so the smart money says that will continue to be a problem and only get worse as he ages.
     
    And consistency…he was an all-star in February and March?  Yup.  He was awful–just awful–in April.  Yup, again.  His awfulness was due to injuries?  See point #1.
     
    Rodney’s a good player to have on a roster.  But he is what he is.

    • Sep 7, 201211:57 pm
      by Patrick Hayes

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      My point isn’t that he’s THE difference maker. It’s that IF he plays at the level he played at for that month or so, then that’s a game changer.

      At worst, he’s as you say, a good player to have on the roster. But he still has that pesky, ‘maybe just maybe he could be more’ tag because of his strong play that stretch. It’s probably unlikely to expect that type of performance long-term, but I can’t completely dismiss it as impossible either.

      • Sep 10, 201210:19 am
        by MrHappyMushroom

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        No, not impossible. I think we see Stuckey in much the same way.  But I’m still sticking with the belief that he’ll always be injury-prone, which makes limited value way more likely.  Hope I’m wrong.

    • Sep 19, 20127:28 pm
      by Bob Hope

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      Same can be said about Dwayne Wade. Keep swallowing those happy mushrooms.

  • Sep 8, 20129:05 pm
    by Darrell

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    He showed a mid range pull up game that was markedly different from the constant collision happy style in previous years.  He didn’t get quicker, jump any higher or start making amazing circus shots.  He played awesome because the drive attack that everyone and their entourage knows is coming was varied a bit.  He has a very good skill set.  That mid range game and better decision making will be a major factor in the team’s fortune.  Also, he’s in a better environent than in previous years.  I think we’ll be pleasantly surprised this season. 

  • Sep 11, 20123:39 pm
    by Pratik Narula

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    I agree with Patrick that a consistent and more experienced Rodney Stuckey can definitely be the wild card for this 2012-2013 Detroit Pistons team. It will be interesting to see how Lawrence Frank will use Stuckey this upcoming year in his offense, as he simply has more options to explore with on this roster. Maybe not for his position as the shooting guard, but for the overall offensive strategy, Greg shifting to the four (hopefully-making an assumption that Drummond or Kravtsov are ready to start at some point during the season), and Tayshaun with a limited role (hopefully allowing guys like Singler, Maggette, Jonas, Middleton to get an opportunity). But I would still like to see Rodney improve his three-point shot and develop a reliable jump-shot, so that Knight (with his improved skills at pg) can look for him more often. As for the rest of the roster, I’d like to see Tayshaun shipped out before the trade deadline (if that’s possible with his contract, not sure?) for a veteran point guard, or more help in the back court. Nonetheless, excited for the season to start! Go Pistons!
     

  • Sep 19, 20127:37 pm
    by Bob Hope

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    Stuckey is the difference between looking in on the 8 seed and claiming the 7th or 8th. They’re going to compete and there will be growing pains as is the case with EVERY young team. Stuckey is the only option available that can continuously get to the line via attacking the basket-while collapsing defensive schemes and opening up the perimeter game. Guys like that tend to get hurt, so the big question is whether or not he can learn to limit the risk of taking hits when driving the lane. Drummond may help prevent this since Detroit hasn’t had a true center that can keep defenders honest around the basket. The odds of Stuckey being a poor man’s mvp candidate are higher than that of failure. Keep in mind, hes also playing for a contract.

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