Rodney Stuckey is playing very good basketball right now, even if many of his other Detroit Pistons teammates are not.
But Stuckey deserves the respect of his fans, players and coaches for what he’s doing with the team right now. He was overlooked during the NBA offseason and not many were even willing to acknowledge if he would be a critical part of this team.
So far, he is, and it’s not his fault the Pistons are 6-10. He’s coming off the bench and making his team very competitive. Some might argue that he should start instead of struggling rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and maybe he should. But then again, Stuckey seems to like coming off the bench and is effective in that capacity. It might be a huge mistake to change his roles now that he’s been playing so well by coming off the bench.
In a 106-102 loss Friday night to the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, Stuckey played more than 33 minutes and was 8-of-17 from the floor and 6-of-9 from the line for 22 points, plus two rebounds and two assists. After his first 14 games with the Pistons, Stuckey was averaging 16.6 points and 2.4 assists per game compared to his career totals of 13.5 points and 4.2 assists.
It’s rather apparent that he’s more aggressive with his shooting and is leaving the playmaking to a few of his teammates. But regardless of what his role might be, Stuckey is dong a fabulous job right now. The Pistons aren’t above the .500 mark yet, but if Stuckey keeps producing at an impressive pace, Detroit is going to make plenty of noise for the rest of the season.