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Playoff Push: Rodney Stuckey

What is the No. 1 thing Rodney Stuckey can do to step up and help the Pistons make the playoffs?

Don’t tempt Maurice Cheeks to start him

The Pistons need a starting off guard who can shoot from the perimeter. The spacing issues presented by a Josh Smith-Greg Monroe-Andre Drummond frontline are real, and a slashing guard like Stuckey would create even more problems for himself and the frontcourt.

Chauncey Billups or even Kyle Singler would be better options. (As would Kentavious Caldwell-Pope once he finds his outside shooting stroke.)

Stuckey can be a good defender and good player, but Stuckey shouldn’t start, even if he’s the team’s best two guard. It would make Cheeks’ decision easier if Stuckey simply weren’t the best off guard option, even without considering fit.

So far, well done.

-Dan Feldman

Play well enough to get traded

If Stuckey returns healthy from his recent unfortunate injury, he should also be motivated to perform well in a contract year. The problem is, because of his inability to hit shots from the perimeter, he’s not a particularly good fit for these Pistons. So if he can come back and give some good minutes at both guard spots, maybe his versatility entices a guard-needy team to give up something minimal to take a short-term flyer on Stuckey.

-Patrick Hayes

Find rotation niche

With such a deep rotation at guard , Stuckey, former starter (it seems so long ago) will have to find his niche. While most Pistons guards have found their role (Will Bynum a scorer, Peyton Siva a defender, Brandon Jennings a playmaker, etc.), Stuckey is seemingly in flux. He could become a solid backup at both or either guard positions, as he’s competent on both ends of the court. Only time will tell to see what Stuckey’s niche becomes, but he must find one rather than float directionless.

-Jameson Draper

Play like he want to be paid

The entire Pistons’ guard rotation is murky, and Stuckey’s status may be the murkiest. He’s coming off a down year, and Joe Dumars reportedly tried to trade him in the offseason. Not a great showing of support, and the fact that Dumars found no one to bit might be even more telling.

Stuckey can do his best to excel in whatever role he falls into. If he plays well, gets back into good graces and maybe he’ll fetch the Pistons something in a trade – and himself a few million dollars in July.

-Brady Fredericksen

11 Comments

  • Oct 26, 20138:00 pm
    by sebastian

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    All you guys are wrong. Stuckey will become OUR Jarret Jack, a necessary 3rd guard who will average 15.5 pts., 4.5 ast., 3.5 rbs., and 1 stl. per game at 86% from the line. Joe will resign Stuckey to another 3 year/S$8.33 contract, much to the chagrin of every Pistons fan who participates on this board.

    • Oct 27, 20139:01 am
      by Vince

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      Bet. Right now. I will lay down some hard earned money on this, there is no way Stuckey averages close to those numbers this season, and I’ll lay down even more and predict he won’t be dressing in the Piston blue after the All Star break. 

      • Oct 27, 201311:54 am
        by sebastian

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        Yo, Vince, WE shall see.

    • Oct 28, 20138:53 am
      by tarsier

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      Insanely unlikely, but I suppose it’s possible. However, you are totally just talking out your ass. You might as well say Jerebko will become our Paul George.

    • Oct 28, 20139:10 am
      by gmehl

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      Sebastian you have so much Stuckey sausage deep down your throat his balls are hanging out your nose. The funny thing is I thought a Stuckey slappys were extinct.

      • Oct 28, 201312:59 pm
        by sebastian

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        Funny stuff, gmehl. Stucky slappy still here, g. :-)

    • Oct 28, 201310:00 am
      by Some Dude

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      This would be great if Stuckey could actually shoot like Jarrett Jack.

  • Oct 28, 20139:57 am
    by Some Dude

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    Stuckey for Thornton (kings) please. We get the shooter we need, and the Kings have McLemore as their future 2. So Stuceky could serve them well off their bench. The contracts match perfectly as well.

    • Oct 28, 20133:14 pm
      by tarsier

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      Pass. Stuckey is off the books after this season. Thornton would clog up the balance sheet for another year yet at $8.7M.

  • Oct 28, 20139:06 pm
    by swish22

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    Rodney probably believes he’ll be the guy connecting from long range with his mentality.  Hopefully he’ll sit the pine like he rightly deserves and get a small contract or a trip to Europe!  I’m so disappointed he is even a source of discussion for the Pistons.  Rodney needs to get calls from the zebras to be effective and that’s not happening.  They’ve seen him, they know he’s no superstar worthy of superstar treatment.

  • Oct 29, 201312:42 am
    by OKJ

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    Trade to another expiring contract who can shoot from outside either position two or three.

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