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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.  

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2011 10:21 pm

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

stuckey will start at shooting guard, I dont know why the article indicates he a great ball handler. Hes not a true point guard. Gordon should come off of the bench and stuckey should start in front of him.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 10:05 pm

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

here comes the big man from orlando

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 9:34 pm

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

And there goes Knight's fantasy potential down the drain...

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 7:55 pm

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

Being a Gm for a pro sports team is similar to a CEO of a company, but the public has more of a chance to voice their opinion on moves by the sport teams. Dumars has made some questionable decisions during his tenure, but if the owner accepts it, no really a big deal. I believe that Stuckey is a good point guard, if given the chance to play that position. Bynum is a good backup. Gordon could play the 2, but he has a really pricy contract. My only question is why the Pistons drafted Knight if this was the plan all along. 3 point guards and a questionable shooting guard in Gordon, being paid a hefty salary and is average at best. I really believe that the players that were going to be offered contracts should have been decided before the draft and that a center should have been taken, either through a trade or free agency. The Pistons will be a below 500 team once again this year, but if the owners is happy, does it matter? Evidently not.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2011 7:35 pm

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

Both the Prince and Stuckey signing are a waste of money.  Almost 25 million per season for these guys?  What a joke....

Dumars and the new ownership have no intention of giving Detroit fans anything to cheer about for years to come....

So sad.....  I thought with new ownership finally in place Dumars would do some good things.  So far all he's done is re-sign dead weight to contracts they don't deserve.

What a shame..... 

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 6:52 pm

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

There isn't a logjam. There are only four guards now: Bynum, Stuckey, Knight and Gordon. Detroit got rid of Hamilton and T-Mac. This is way less a logjam than in seasons past.

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 6:10 pm

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

I like this signing much better than princes. Detroit does have too many guards and need to put together some of them for a big. they've got Jonas Jerebko who is 6 10 and back after missing all of last season. he has promise. they lost their draft pick Kyle Singler who is 6 8 and plays SF to a contract overseas. They have Charlie Villanueva who is a 6 11 PF. so im assuming the loss of Kyle prompted the signing of Prince. but why the 4 yrs is the question. they could play Maxiell at PF if Ben Wallace can backup Monroe. Maybe once they have confidence in rookie PG  Brandon Knight they can trade or cut  Ben Gordon and his big contract.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:44 pm

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

I've tried to give him the benefit of the doubt, but I think it's clear that Dumars is a terrible GM.  He made one lucky, freakishly lucky decision in Chauncey Billups who turned out to be far better than advertised and 2-3 nice little moves in a short span, but everything else that he's done has been just stupid.

It's like he has no recognition of what works and what doesn't work.  He makes no distinction between needs and just overcontributing to a surplus position.  It's to the point where it's just annoying.  He hasn't made a good move in years besides drafting Knight which was beyond the obvious move. 

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:36 pm

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

The results won't change...they continue to stay small when they have had opportunity to get bigger.  Ben Wallace is past his prime, Maxiell is not a true center...NBA teams, even Cleveland simply can pound down low and take it to these Pistons.  It's going to be a long re-building process I'm afraid. Oh well, stand by your team, right?

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:32 pm

Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey

Decent player but overpaid

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