The Detroit Pistons have enjoyed more disappointments than anything to start the 2013-14 NBA season. With many people picking this team to earn a playoff berth this season with their young core and some solid new additions, the Pistons have come out of the gate this season looking lukewarm at best.
Part of the Pistons’ struggles is due to their atrocious defensive play for most of the season. The issues with new addition Brandon Jennings’ play at point guard this season have also been a detriment to this team thus far. However, that doesn’t mean this Pistons team is completely without their bright spots.
Surprisingly enough, seventh-year guard Rodney Stuckey has been arguably the most consistent performer for the Pistons this season and has been quite impressive as a spark off of the bench. In the 13 games that he’s played, Stuckey is averaging 15.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 27.8 minutes per game while shooting a phenomenal 49 percent from the floor and 40.9 percent from long-distance.
Though Stuckey has struggled defensively along with the rest of his team, his offense has been phenomenal. He’s come off of the bench and been able to run with the starters and carry reserve units. He’s also averaging 1.11 points per possession in isolations sets, the fifth best rate in the league in such situations.
Stuckey has been somewhat maligned as a player over the years for being too aggressive and being a detriment to the Pistons, but he’s been picking his spots wisely this season and it has shown. If he can continue this kind of production as a reserve and the Pistons can work out some more of their issues around the team, Detroit could very well wind up in the postseason mix.