Only a couple of years ago, Rodney Stuckey was having trouble establishing his identity as an NBA player. There were questions on if he was a point guard or a shooting guard after multiple attempts at trying him at each position.
Moving forward a couple of years, Stuckey may have finally established his identity as the Pistons sixth man.
Talking in specifics of Stuckey’s role with the Pistons, it’s very similar to the one James Harden had with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Like Harden did with the Thunder, Stuckey leads the ball up court. Also, Stuckey has been given the green light to drive the ball to the point or shoot it, also similar to what Harden did during his time with the Thunder.
What’s even more interesting about Stuckey and his new role, as the Pistons sixth man, is that his field goal (46%) and three point percentage (38%) are at a career high. The three point percentage being more surprising then the field goal percentage since he has always struggled with shooting the three, and always goes for high percentage shots by efficiently driving to the lane.
Maybe we’re overreacting a bit about Stuckey’s emergence in his new sixth man role with the Pistons. But the Pistons fans rightfully deserve to have their moment of overreaction, given his history on not being able to fulfill their expectations of him.