Stuckey and former Pistons coach Lawrence Frank didn’t exactly see eye to eye. Had Frank returned as coach it’s likely Stuckey wouldn’t be with the franchise.
But with all the talk of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith being the top players on this team, Stuckey could have an impact if he decides to have a consistent season and be a reliable guard for the Pistons, whether it be in starting lineup or from off the bench.
There was talk of trading Stuckey during the summer, but he’s still with the team. It’s up for Cheeks to get as much out of Stuckey as he can.
There’s plenty that Stuckey can do for this team. He averaged 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists a year ago with 40.6 percent shooting from the floor and 78.3 from the line. But those averages are down from his career total of 13.4 points, 4.2 assists, and 3.1 rebounds a game with 42.1 percent shooting from the floor.
All of those numbers were the worst for Stuckey since his rookie season in 2007-08.
Stuckey still has games when he can light up the nets more than anyone, but he has too many off nights. He’ll have to show Cheeks early on that he’s ready to be a prolific scorer every night. If he does, he’ll play a major impact for the Pistons. But if Stuckey can’t come out of the shadows from the big names the Pistons have on the roster, he’ll have very little impact.