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Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

Posted on: December 17, 2011 2:08 pm
 
By Matt Moore

The Pistons don't seem to quite know where to go with themselves. They continue to draft young quality players like Greg Monroe, Jonas Jerebko, Austin Daye, and Brandon Knight, who showed a much-improved skill-set on Friday night in a preseason tilt against the Cavaliers. And at the same time they keep giving long-term contracts to veteran players. They re-signed Tayshaun Prince to 4-years, $27 million. And on Saturday, they re-signed Rodney Stuckey to a three-year, $25 million deal via Yahoo Sports

Stuckey posted an 18 PER last season, posting career numbers in multiple categories. He's only 25 and is entering his prime. Then again, he was also part of the tumultous locker room for Detroit last year, siding with Rip Hamilton and the veterans he's played alongside for the duration of his career against John Kuester, according to reports. Kuester was clearly a problem, but Stuckey was part of the drama last year. 

Outside of last season, however, there haven't been reports of trouble with Stuckey being coachable. The bigger concern is the logjam it creates in the backcourt for the Pistons. Brandon Knight looked very much like an actual point guard against the Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving. Will Bynum has been a consistent change-of-pace guard. And Ben Gordon has too much money invested to bury. So where does Stuckey fit in? He can play starting two-guard, but is a ball-handler. 

It's just odd that with a solid core of young players, the Pistons seem intent on simultaneously going forward with veteran talent and building through the draft. The lack of direction in Detroit continues to perplex, but with Lawrence Frank, maybe the results will change.  
Comments

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: December 20, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

I guess my point is that it seems like the article is suggesting he would succeed more at point guard than shooting guard at which I disagree. He is not a point guard.




Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:38 am
 

Epic Fail

Yes, the P's are in a downward spiral with Dumars at the helm.  I always had faith that he would right the ship, but he obviously is suffering from delusions of grandure.  I love Tay; we would not have beat the Pacers without his tremendous effort in our championship run, so okay, if he wants to stay.  I'd kinda like to see him in LA, either team.  But, Stuckey?!  They could have done sooo much more with that money.  He's not the future, we tried and seen that.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 12:00 am
 

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

I mean compare the NHL to NBA revenues.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 12:00 am
 

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

I'm from Michigan, Jack Sprat.  I grew up in a so-called "Hockey State" and guess what, hardly anybody I know played.  The best athletes are not playing hockey. They are playing other sports.  The time, committment and resources it takes to get a kid started in hockey has made it impossible for the sport to become mainstream to the point where it's competitive with basketball.  Anybody can play basketball and because of that, the best athletes do play basketball.  Look up the participation numbers in youth sports or even compare NHL to NFL revenues.  These conclusions that you draw are based on perception.  Just because Hockey fans may be more passionate, does not mean they are more plentiful.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: December 18, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

"Datsyuk- That's a relative question.  Does anyone care about pro basketball in comparison to pro or college football? No probably not.  On the other hand, I'd rather watch Professional Dice then watch a bunch of mediocre athletes skate around on a sheet of ice.  So in comparison to Ice Dancing or whatever you're calling Hockey, yes I would say that people do care about Basketball."  --la2r

Your knowledge of your fellow Americans is somewhat limited, my friend. (1) BLACK people, pretty much all of them outside of the Southeast (and many of those), do most certainly prefer pro hoops to the NFL or college football. (2) So, too, in my experience, do large numbers of Jewish guys from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. (3) WHITE people, especially in Michigan and Minnesota (and in a surprising number of locales in states bordering Canada.) And sometimes even among Gentile Whites in NYC and Boston. Maybe even in Colorado. Plus, wherever fans of the Winged Wheel are to be found. (The Red Wings ARE very likely the second most AVIDLY followed sports franchise in America right now, what with the long, ungraceful fall of the Cowboys. Only the Sox have more non-native fans who are other than casual.)



Since: Dec 18, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 9:03 am
 

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

That's what I'm hoping.  They were expected to lose Prince and only sign Stuckey to a one year deal.  Instead, they both got long term pacts at what is considered reasonable money for players of their skills.  I'm hoping the both of them go for Kamen.



Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2011 7:04 am
 

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

Could Joe be up to making a trade soon?



Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2011 1:55 am
 

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

Just because one's not a true point guard doesn't mean he's not a good ball handler.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 12:07 am
 

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

Datsyuk- That's a relative question.  Does anyone care about pro basketball in comparison to pro or college football? No probably not.  On the other hand, I'd rather watch Professional Dice then watch a bunch of mediocre athletes skate around on a sheet of ice.  So in comparison to Ice Dancing or whatever you're calling Hockey, yes I would say that people do care about Basketball.



Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 10:55 pm
 

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

Does anyone really care about basketball...After the Akron Choke Artist ruined the game, its been downright awful. Before the Mavs the Pistons were one of the last great "TEAMS"....Not a bunch of balding, whining superstars.



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