After a lot of unnecessary drama, the Detroit Pistons have reached a contract extension with Guard Rodney Stuckey. The deal is for three years, and 25 million dollars. Stuckey remains a larger piece of the overall Pistons rebuilding plan and will likely succeed Rip Hamilton as the starting shooting guard for the team.
This is one of those moves that seems to have a lot of positive and negative things to go along with it. The positives are he is a 25 year old combo Guard who can play the one and the two spots. He is a reliable dribbler and has a low turnover rate. Last year Stuckey had a career year averaging 17.8 points, 5.5 assists, and a steal per every 36 minutes played. He also plays excellent defense and might excel in Laurence Frank’s system.
The negative side of this is he was a very vocal opponent to the last two Piston head coaches. His shooting percentage was just 44% last year, and let us not forget his career year came not only in a contract year but in of the most disastrous seasons in recent Pistons history. He lacks overall speed and vision to play the point, and does not have the elite scoring ability we have come to expect from the shooting guard. He is also a clog in the guard rotation with newly drafted Brandon Knight and Will Bynum.
With a three year commitment and over 8 million dollars a year, it is obvious that the Pistons think Stuckey is a large piece of their future. The hope there is with added playing time that he will develop into something special. If that happens this resigning will look like genius. For now many Pistons fans remain a bit skeptical.
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