Rodney Stuckey Would Not Work With Los Angeles Lakers

By Brendan Patel
Rick Osentoski - USA TODAY Sports
Rick Osentoski – USA TODAY Sports

Rodney Stuckey is another free agent option who will be on most teams’ radars in the offseason. He has been stuck in a poor situation with the Detroit Pistons, but has always been a solid player. He will have his picking of teams during free agency, and will hope to cash in on what should be his prime years. He has a lot of talent to offer, but would not necessarily fit in well with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Stuckey’s ability to create his own shot and score off of the dribble is very impressive. He has great size for the guard position and is very strong, enabling him to play either position in the backcourt. He is a good free-throw shooter and has a lot of confidence on the offensive side of the court.

However, the Lakers already have a ball-dominant guard in Kobe Bryant, and Stuckey doesn’t have a good enough outside shot to help space the floor for the team. His assists have gone down in recent years, as he still possesses the same scorer’s mentality as when he entered the league. He will likely command more money than the Lakers should be spending, leaving them with less flexibility in the future.

Stuckey is a versatile player in that he can play either guard position, but he would not fit well with the two guards already on the roster for next season. The Lakers will be looking to add talent to the position, but may have to pursue cheaper options in free agency. They do not have the luxury to take a gamble on another ball-dominant guard and hope that he pans out.

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