Stuckey was 1-of-17 from the floor in his first two games. He was 0-of-6 in his last game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, putting him at a 1-of-23 start, which should put Stuckey out of the starting lineup and on the bench until he gets out of his funk.
“Obviously he’s struggled,” said Pistons coach Lawrence Frank. “We need him to play better. He’s been dealing with some physical problems, but we need better from everyone. Look, in the first two games obviously we did some good things to at least have a lead in those games but tonight it was a TKO.”
Tayshaun Prince is leading the Pistons in points and has been shooting better than Stuckey with 14-of-32. In fact, no one else is near Stuckey’s woeful numbers.
“Whenever a player is struggling whether it’s shooting the ball or not doing what they usually do, it’s up to the team and our coaching staff to get involved and try to find a way for him to get out of it,” Prince said. “We’ve got to do a better job of that.”
As a team, the Pistons are shooting about 40 percent with 100 of 248.
Stuckey, now in his fifth season, has been in the low 40 percent in each of his previous four campaigns with the Pistons, which is why the current shooting slump is especially mysterious and frustrating.