NBA Roundtable

Stuckey’s String Of Games

In General NBA on December 13, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Check out Rodney Stuckey’s last five games scoring wise:

  • Milwaukee — 7-11 from the field + 5-6 from the line for 19 points
  • Washington — 9-18 from the field + 7-9 from the line for 25 points
  • @ Philadelphia — 10-19 from the field + 7-7 from the line for 27 points
  • Denver — 7-14 from the field + 11-15 from the line for 25 points
  • Golden State — 10-18 from the field + 9-10 from the line for 29 points

Overall, Rodney Stuckey is averaging 25ppg while shooting 53.8% from the field on 16 attempts a night plus 83% from the foul line while taking 9.4 attempts per game. On top of that excellent scoring production, Stuckey is adding 5.8 assists + 3.4 rebounds + 1.2 steals per game. Excellent run here from Stuckey.

This all seemed to start when the Pistons changed their starting lineup:

  • Point Guard – Rodney Stuckey
  • Shooting Guard – Chucky Atkins
  • Small Forward – Jonas Jerebko
  • Power Forward – Jason Maxiell
  • Center – Ben Wallace

The need for Stuckey to concentrate more on his scoring in this lineup is clear for all to see … but how is he suddenly being so efficient with less help on the court? Strange.

Anyway, it’s excellent to see. Stuckey has always had the talent to be an efficient scorer with his ability as a penetrator + athleticism going to the rim. So, hopefully this is a sign of things to come from Stuckey.

Notes

Stuckey was scoring about 17.5ppg on a TS% of around 48% prior to this recent run. His true shooting percentage over the past five games has been 60%. The TS% isn’t going to remain that high, but it would be great if Stuckey could hang around at 55% or so … which I think he has the talent to do.

Also, Rip Hamilton came back the other night and replaced Atkins in the starting lineup. It’s a positive sign to see Stuckey have such an aggressive and efficient scoring night with one of Detroit’s other main scorers back in the lineup. Ben Gordon has been out injured since the Washington game but is expected back soon. Will Bynum has also been out injured for the last two games.

Anyway, it’s great to see Stuckey finally string a few prolific + efficient scoring games together. First time all season … and it’s really something that he should be doing more often.

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  1. I’ve always thought Stuckey’s situation is similar to a Dwyane Wade’s during his rookie year. Wade performed well enough at the PG with Caron Butler and Lamar Odom. Well-suited isn’t the right phrase but neither man’s talents are optimized as a bring-it-through-the-halfcourt-and-toss-it-to-the-wing, pass-first type of player.

  2. Hey K-man,

    I’ve actually liked Rodney Stuckey’s point guard play in the halfcourt. He’s not a playmaker but he does a good job of making sure the ball gets to where it’s supposed to, of putting his teammates in positions where they can be successful, and keeping his teammates involved throughout.

    That said, and as I think you were alluding to, I think Stuckey’s best qualities is an aggressive slasher. A penetrator who takes his man off the bounce and get to the rim (like Wade). A player who can score and create for others. Someone who puts a huge amount of pressure on the opposing team’s defense. And unfortunately, Stuckey hasn’t been able to take full advantage of that as a point guard (for no good reason too).

    Hopefully, this is a sign that Stuckey has finally a found a balance between those point guard responsibilities + his talent as a penetrator.

    Note: If Stuckey continues to develop his defense that will become his best strength. Then his scoring/penetrating talents if he can maintain a 17+ppg threat with good efficiency. Also, if he continues to rebound the ball as well as he has in the first third of the season, that could become a major strength too. Plus the good floor leadership from the point guard position. Stuckey is getting closer to becoming the multi-talented combo guard he’s always threatened to be. Lots of “ifs” though … promising all the same.

  3. Indeed. I just hope his concentration on defense doesn’t lapse now that Detroit’s old defensive core has been peeled away.

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