Rodney Stuckey returned to the Detroit Pistons‘ lineup Wednesday night after missing a few NBA games with a sore shoulder. Stuckey could not help the Pistons snap out of their losing ways against the Toronto Raptors, but perhaps he’s still the best man available to get Detroit out of their current slump.
The Pistons have lost six straight, and it’s hard to see when they might end this current slump. No one seems ready to take charge right now.
Stuckey saw 20 minutes of action in his team’s 112-91 loss to the Raptors. He was obviously rusty, considering he went 4-of-13 from the floor and 6-of-8 at the line for 14 points while getting two assists and one steal. But if Stuckey can get back to his old self, the Pistons have a chance to play better than they have been in recent weeks. His rebounds and assists per game are down from his career marks, but his other numbers are up. His points per game average is better than his 13.4 career average. He’s shooting 45.3 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent in threes this season compared to 42.3 percent and 29 percent in his career. His free-throw accuracy of 82.9 percent just about matches his career mark.
Stuckey needs to stay healthy and start playing at a high-flying pace that he demonstrated early in the season. The Pistons, at 14-22, needs someone to take charge and fire up the rest of the team right now. Coach Maurice Cheeks needs someone immediately to get his team out of its current doldrums. Stuckey appears to be the likely candidate.
If Stuckey can assume that leadership role than Detroit might still have time to right the ship so be sure to get your Pistons tickets today.