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Team: Eastern Wash.
PhysicalsPositions SalaryMisc
H: 6' 4"
W: 207 lbs
Bday: 04/21/1986
(28 Years Old)
Current: PG/SG
NBA:   PG/SG
Possible: SG
Current Salary:$8,500,000
High School: Kentwood
Hometown: Kent, WA
Drafted:  Pick 15 in 2007 by Pistons
Best Case: Randy Foye
Worst Case: Marcus Brown

Predraft Measurements
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2007NBA Pre-Draft Camp6' 3.75"6' 4.5"2076' 7.25"8' 4.5"6.130.535.0

Basic Per Game Statistics - Comprehensive Stats - Statistical Top 25s
YearLeagueNameGPMinPtsFGFGAFG%2Pt2PtA2P%3Pt3PtA3P%FTMFTAFT%OffDefTOTAstsStlsBlksTOsPFs
2013/14NBARodney Stuckey7326.713.95.111.743.64.810.545.50.31.227.33.34.083.60.51.82.32.10.70.11.71.8

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Player Retrospective: Rodney Stuckey
February 28, 2010
18.0 Points, 4.3 Rebounds, 4.5 Assists, 2.3 Turnovers, 1.4 Steals, 40.3% FG, 15.6% 3FG, 82.8% FT[/b]

Coming out of Eastern Washington of the Big Sky Conference, Rodney Stuckey was a prototypical small school success story— an explosive scorer who made a name for himself in just two seasons thanks to his penchant for carrying his team. Standing 6'5" with a sturdy 205 lb frame, Stuckey began drawing comparisons to Dwayne Wade leading up to the 2007 NBA Draft.

While such comparisons were obviously quite premature, Stuckey has seen his role expand and his production improve in his short career with the Pistons, being named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for December 7-13, 2009. Although many questions continue to circulate about which role Stuckey should play in Detroit, there’s no doubting that he’s come a long way from the days he spent at Eastern Washington.



Part One: Perimeter Scoring & Shooting

Then

"Stuckey doesn’t have great shooting mechanics (he has a slight hitch in his jump-shot, which leads to an inconsistent release point), but he does have great scoring instincts and a quick release, which often allow him to just throw the ball in the hoop. He has a full array of jabs, changes of speeds and hesitation moves he uses to keep his man off balance, and he’s absolutely terrific at stopping abruptly and using his strength to create excellent separation from his defender. Once he gets to the basket, or tempts his man into biting for a pump-fake, he’s excellent at finishing with contact thanks to his developed body."
- Filling in the Blanks: Rodney Stuckey - 6/13/07

"Stuckey is not as bad a shooter as his percentages might indicate (27% 3P as a sophomore, 37% as a freshman)—it’s his shot-selection that really hurt him more than anything. The fact that he was forced to dominate the ball so much playing alongside considerably less talented teammates than him (and that’s probably being generous) also contributed to those numbers."
- Filling in the Blanks: Rodney Stuckey - 6/13/07

Now:

The most glaring weakness in Stuckey's perimeter game is his inability to score in catch and shoot situations (0.72 Point Per Possession (PPP), 33.3% FG%). In watching film, it’s apparent that Stuckey hasn't fixed the hitch we previously reported in his jump shot. When he's operating in the mid-range area, Stuckey hides the hitch fairly well; however, this inconsistency plagues him on long-range jumpers, as it puts him out of rhythm when he hasn’t put the ball on the floor.

If Stuckey spent the offseason working on improving his shooting mechanics, it wouldn’t be surprising to see his three-point percentage climb towards respectability, which would open up his offensive game considerably. After all, he is a fairly natural shot-maker, and did shoot 30% from downtown last year. However, his current 20.4% shooting make last year’s numbers seem like a mirage, especially considering Stuckey’s 3-point shooting woes during his rookie season (18.8% 3FG%).

Stuckey somewhat compensates for his lack of long-range accuracy with an average mid-range game. His combination of size, strength and athleticism allows him to easily maneuver and create his own shot in the mid-range area, but his selfish “head-down” tendency when driving certainly hinders his mid-range efficiency (0.68 PPP, 34.2% FG from 17-feet to 3-point line).

Help side defenders know when Stuckey lowers his shoulder, he’s going to force a shot, so defenses converge hard to the paint on all his dribble penetration. Even with a clogged post area Stuckey rarely kicks the ball out to open shooters. Instead, he prefers higher degree of difficulty shots, which typically yield negative results for the Pistons, and discourage the notion that he’s best suited playing a primary ball-handling and playmaking role.

He could get away with forced shot attempts like this at Eastern Washington and simply wasn’t taking as many in a smaller role earlier in his career, but Stuckey needs to adapt his dribble drive game to include passes and smarter decisions to improve his team’s scoring efficiency.

Stuckey doesn’t see a great deal of time off the ball trying to get open looks at the basket, as the Pistons need the ball in his hands a great deal as their primary shot-creator. According to Synergy Sports Technology, Stuckey only utilizes off-ball screens on 5% of his possessions, while spending 24% of the time in isolation and 24% of possessions in pick and roll scenarios. This play-type breakdown clearly demonstrates Stuckey’s role in the Pistons' offense.

In fact, his play type stats this season are right on par with how he’s been contributing to the Pistons’ offense since entering the league (2007 – 24% P&R, 20% Iso; 2008 – 21% P&R, 23% Iso). He was after all anointed a star immediately upon arrival and treated as such in terms of the amount of freedom he was given. He now sports one of the highest usage rates in the entire NBA—on par with many of the league’s superstars, although he’s yet to prove that he can warrant shouldering such a heavy load. Ball-dominant point guards tend to exhibit much worse shooting percentages and efficiency statistics than those who play distributive roles, and it’s unfortunate that Detroit hasn’t done a better job of helping him become more efficient offensively. We knocked this part of Stuckey’s game coming out of college, and thus far in his NBA career he has not been an exception to the rule.

Part Two: Getting to the Basket & Athleticism

Then:

"Stuckey’s fantastic first step (going both left and right) combined with his fearlessness and excellent strength give him immediate solutions to almost anything thrown his way—he’d often for example just split the traps right through the middle and make his way straight to the basket. He turns the corner incredibly well and got into the paint repeatedly in the games we saw, doing a great job finishing in traffic with contact, thanks in large part to his excellent body control."
- DraftExpress All-Summer League: First Team - 7/23/07



Now:

Stuckey still possesses the explosive strength and quick first step that we saw several summers ago. His ability to penetrate defenses and create contact near the hoop is evidenced by his 5.1 FTA per game this season (T-7th among point guards) and 34 "and-one" finishes (3rd amongst guards). The major flaw in Stuckey's dribble-drive game is his tendency to lower his head and "bulldoze" his way to the rim. If he did a better job of reading defenses and picking and choosing his spots better, he’d be much more efficient exploiting the mismatch opportunities his athleticism creates, but as Detroit’s de facto first option--in large part due to the fact that they have no post presence and very few legit shot-creators--he’s often forcing such drives against longer, more athletic players that teams use in order to neutralize him.

In some cases, Stuckey’s aggressive dribble attack results in spectacular finishes, but his scoring numbers around the basket (0.83 PPS, 40.8% FG) tell a different story than the highlight plays casual NBA fans associate with him. He’s currently the centerpiece of the Pistons’ offense, which forces his hand to a degree when it comes to scoring the ball, but it would help his team immensely if he deferred (or was better able to defer) some of the pressure to his teammates by being more discerning with his shots at the basket. Considering he’s only shooting 40.6% from the field and putting up sub-par passing numbers, one could say Stuckey is playing more like Allen Iverson than Chauncey Billups, which most Pistons fans would not consider a compliment.

In order to improve his pedestrian efficiency statistics, Stuckey needs to become more adept at reading help side defenses, limit his over-penetration, and develop the efficiency of his pull-up game from the 10-12 foot area. As Detroit gets healthy and is able to surround him with better talent in the post and on the wings, his ability to make those adjustments will be an important part of his development as a player.

Part Three: Guard Skills & Decision-Making

Then:

"Stuckey made good decisions for the most part in the half-court set, looking to execute the plays relayed to him from the sidelines and not having any problem at all feeding his teammates. He took what the defenses gave him on pick and roll plays and did not get flustered when trapped/double-teamed at the top of the key. Stuckey didn’t get caught up in the type of stubborn over-dribbling that we typically see from mid-major combo guards, which is a great sign as far as his future development within Detroit’s offense is concerned."
- DraftExpress All-Summer League: First Team - 7/23/07

"His court vision is very solid, particularly threading the needle to cutters from the perimeter, driving and dishing in traffic, or finding open teammates in transition. Despite the 17+ shots he took per game, he doesn’t come off as a selfish player when watching him on tape, even when Eastern Washington played against much more talented opponents like Washington or Gonzaga and he was forced to shoulder a considerable amount of the scoring load. He did average 5.5 assists per game on the season after all. That doesn’t mean that Stuckey is necessarily ready to be a point guard either, though. For one, his decision making skills can be really poor at times, forcing up ill-advised shots early in the shot-clock, lowering his shoulder and driving into a brick wall, or trying to make high degree of difficulty passes in half-court sets, leading to unnecessary turnovers."
- Filling in the Blanks: Rodney Stuckey - 6/13/07

Now:

Most of what we previously documented about Stuckey's decision-making roller coaster has held true through the first three years of his NBA career. During stretches, Stuckey seemed en route to developing into a true point guard, but this season he's shouldered more of the Pistons' scoring load and isn’t distributing the ball as effectively. His 19.1% assist rate (down from 24.3% last season), 5.6 assists per-40 pace adjusted (55th in NBA), and decent 2.01 assist-to-turnover ratio suggest a shoot-first mentality that may be systematic or a characteristic of Stuckey’s game at this point. At times, his teammates even seem alienated and tend to stand around and watch Stuckey play one-on-five off the bounce. Ag

In Stuckey’s defense, the Pistons have been plagued by injuries this year and just recently returned Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince from injury after each missed nearly the first two months of action. All things considered, we should see an increase in Stuckey's passing efficiency and a decrease in his usage rate with the team's starting lineup healthy, even if neither Hamilton or Prince are considered great ball-handlers or shot-creators. If his passing numbers and shooting percentages remain this low by season's end, Detroit will certainly reevaluate its offensive attack and might be forced reassess Stuckey’s role. At the moment it seems like Prince and Hamilton may be the ones on their way out, though.

Part Four: Defense

Then:

"Defensively, Stuckey has great physical tools and competes pretty hard on top of that, but he’ll look pretty clueless at times getting caught underneath screens for example or gambling for a steal. His learning curve on this end of the floor could very well be the deciding factor in how much he ends up playing in his rookie season under the defensive-minded Flip Saunders."
- DraftExpress All-Summer League: First Team - 7/23/07

"Stuckey is a tough and pretty strong defender, able to get into the passing lanes and not afraid to stick his nose in at times and take a charge. He mainly relies on his physical tools and activity level, though, not being the most aware guy in the world as far as defensive rotations or always staying in front of his man goes. He does have good potential here, though, if he’s willing to put in the time and effort. That’s going to be a key factor in whether he develops into a solid rotation player, or even much more than that.
- Filling in the Blanks: Rodney Stuckey - 6/13/07

Now:

Stuckey, drafted primarily for his offensive talents, has greatly improved his defensive awareness in his three seasons as a pro. He utilizes his size, strength, and solid work ethic to keep the ball in front of him, but is prone to over-committing to help-side defense which limits his ability to make effective rotations against half court sets. His steal numbers have slightly improved during each of his seasons in the NBA (1.4 STL/G this season), and his length is extremely bothersome for opposing point guards.

While Stuckey plays decent defense in isolation situations, he isn’t as effective when defending the pick and roll. Much of defending pick and roll situations falls on team defense, and Stuckey seems far too casual when encountering ball screens. The Pistons aggressively hedge ball screens, which requires Stuckey to quickly recover to the ball handler to allow the helping big to retreat to the paint. Stuckey’s failure to make crisp rotations often provides the opposing guard a free mid-range look against a mismatched post player.

Another question mark in Stuckey’s defense lies in his rebounding ability. By making a more concerted effort to utilize his physical gifts and box out, Stuckey would help the Pistons limit second chance points. Putting a body on someone will also give Stuckey a statistical boost over his 5.0 rebounds per-40 pace adjusted. He may never be Jason Kidd, but Stuckey is certainly more capable on the glass than his averages suggest. A big, strong guard with good leaping ability, it would be nice to see him give a better effort, though his numbers can be attributed in part to the players around him.

Part Five: Intangibles

Then:

“Showing impressive poise for a rookie at both guard positions, Rodney Stuckey got a great run in at the Vegas Summer League and looks well ahead of schedule relative to what we expected from him.”[i/]
- DraftExpress All-Summer League: First Team - 7/23/07

Now:

Throughout the Pistons’ struggles this season, Stuckey has been a model citizen. Before their January 16th game against the New York Knicks, Stuckey spent the night in the hospital battling dehydration and flu-related symptoms. After an impressive performance (20 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast) and close 94-90 victory, Stuckey cemented his place as the leader of Detroit’s locker room:

[i]”I will fight through it,” Stuckey said. “Last night, I did not get home until about 4 o’clock from the hospital because I had to get an IV. I will just fight through it. When BG (Ben Gordon) and Will (Bynum) get back, maybe I will get some rest, but for now I have to keep fighting.”
-http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2010/01/17/sports/doc4b52917f0b094976585471.txt


Given his response to this season’s adversity, Stuckey will clearly be a big factor for his team in years to come. It’s unfortunate that questions regarding his position and the huge role he’s forced to shoulder often overshadow just how impressive his transition from small-college stud to NBA starter has been. Though Stuckey certainly deserves credit for taking things in stride, until the Pistons start winning games, he’ll continue to field criticisms.
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DraftExpress All-Summer League: First Team
July 23, 2007
Showing impressive poise for a rookie at both guard positions, Rodney Stuckey got a great run in at the Vegas Summer League and looks well ahead of schedule relative to what we expected from him.

A combo guard from a low-major school who was expected to be Mr. Everything for Eastern Washington, it was quite surprising to see the patience he showed running Detroit’s offense at the point guard spot.

Stuckey made good decisions for the most part in the half-court set, looking to execute the plays relayed to him from the sidelines and not having any problem at all feeding his teammates--particularly Jason Maxiell in the post. He took what the defenses gave him on pick and roll plays and did not get flustered when trapped/double-teamed at the top of the key. Stuckey didn’t get caught up in the type of stubborn over-dribbling that we typically see from mid-major combo guards, which is a great sign as far as his future development within Detroit’s offense is concerned.

Stuckey’s fantastic first step (going both left and right) combined with his fearlessness and excellent strength give him immediate solutions to almost anything thrown his way—he’d often for example just split the traps right through the middle and make his way straight to the basket. He turns the corner incredibly well and got into the paint repeatedly in the games we saw, doing a great job finishing in traffic with contact, thanks in large part to his excellent body control.

Stuckey’s ball-handling skills aren’t polished enough at this point for him to make these type of forays into the paint with any kind of consistency at the NBA level, but as he continues to work on his game, this could become a major weapon that the Pistons are sorely lacking at the moment. Showing the raw ability to lower his shoulder and use his body to create space from his defender at such a young age (not a common thing) has to get the Pistons coaching staff excited about what they see from him.

Playing off the ball, Stuckey showed some nice potential as well in some of the moves he made. He doesn’t seem to have a problem moving without the basketball, and was rewarded on a number of occasions with an easy basket after a strong cut to the hoop.

He likes to pull-up off the dribble for a very smooth looking mid-range jumper (with range out to the college 3-point line), and is also capable of finishing in the paint with a pretty high-arcing floater. It will take time and repetition to increase the range of his jump-shot out to the NBA 3-point line, but based on his touch and shooting mechanics, that doesn’t look like an impossible task.

Defensively, Stuckey has great physical tools and competes pretty hard on top of that, but he’ll look pretty clueless at times getting caught underneath screens for example or gambling for a steal. His learning curve on this end of the floor could very well be the deciding factor in how much he ends up playing in his rookie season under the defensive-minded Flip Saunders.
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Filling in the blanks: Rodney Stuckey
June 13, 2007
In a copycat league such as the NBA, scouts and executives are always looking for the next great talent that happens to remind them of some other team’s biggest star. In this case, we’ve seen a few quotes this year already comparing Rodney Stuckey to the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade. But is that really a fair comparison?

Physically, there are certainly some similarities. Standing a hair under 6-4 without shoes, with a great frame, a 6-7 wingspan, and solid athletic ability, Stuckey passes the eye test and then some. He is strong and quick, with a powerful first step, and has great body control putting the ball on the floor and making his way to the rack.

In terms of his style of play, Stuckey reminds of Wade to a certain extent as well, although he is obviously nowhere near as naturally talented. He has very nice ball-handling skills with either hand, being the main facilitator of his team’s offense, and likes to push the ball up the floor in transition. His footwork is outstanding, and he’s able to draw plenty of fouls through the work he does from the triple-threat position, either getting his man to bite on a pump-fake or going to the basket after utilizing a big time crossover and stopping on a dime from mid-range. Stuckey can also go into the post a bit to punish smaller, weaker matchups, showing really nice toughness in the process. His bread and butter, though, by far, lies in his mid-range game.

Stuckey doesn’t have great shooting mechanics (he has a slight hitch in his jump-shot, which leads to an inconsistent release point), but he does have great scoring instincts and a quick release, which often allow him to just throw the ball in the hoop. He has a full array of jabs, changes of speeds and hesitation moves he uses to keep his man off balance, and he’s absolutely terrific at stopping abruptly and using his strength to create excellent separation from his defender. Once he gets to the basket, or tempts his man into biting for a pump-fake, he’s excellent at finishing with contact thanks to his developed body. Stuckey is a quick player with really nice body control, but he’s not on the same level (or even close) as a Dwyane Wade for example in terms of his explosiveness or creativity finishing around the basket.



While he’s no Steve Nash, Stuckey is not as bad a shooter as his percentages might indicate (27% 3P as a sophomore, 37% as a freshman)—it’s his shot-selection that really hurt him more than anything. The fact that he was forced to dominate the ball so much playing alongside considerably less talented teammates than him (and that’s probably being generous) also contributed to those numbers. The 85% he shot from the free throw line tells the story pretty well here in terms of his touch from mid-range. That becomes even more impressive when you consider that he got to the line nearly 9 times per game this past season. Make no mistake, though, Stuckey has a ways to go and plenty of hard work in front of him before he can legitimately expect to expand his range to the NBA 3-point line. In fact, the success he finds in the NBA will likely ultimately depend heavily on that.

Stuckey is more than just a pure scorer, though, he’s also pretty good at creating for others too. His court vision is very solid, particularly threading the needle to cutters from the perimeter, driving and dishing in traffic, or finding open teammates in transition. Despite the 17+ shots he took per game, he doesn’t come off as a selfish player when watching him on tape, even when Eastern Washington played against much more talented opponents like Washington or Gonzaga and he was forced to shoulder a considerable amount of the scoring load. He did average 5.5 assists per game on the season after all.

That doesn’t mean that Stuckey is necessarily ready to be a point guard either, though. For one, his decision making skills can be really poor at times, forcing up ill-advised shots early in the shot-clock, lowering his shoulder and driving into a brick wall, or trying to make high degree of difficulty passes in half-court sets, leading to unnecessary turnovers. As you can probably surmise by the fact that he wasn’t even able to lead his team to their conference tournament in the very weak Big Sky (the team went just 15-14 on the season), he still lacks a considerable amount of polish and experience.



If there was ever a time for a player like Stuckey to be in demand, though, its now. Combo guards in his mold (Randy Foye, Flip Murray, Bobby Jackson) are making a great living on almost every team around the league—and he fits that mold almost to a T. NBA coaches love having a player they can throw in the game off the bench when things get stagnant offensively, and being able to guard two positions is certainly a plus.

Defensively, Stuckey is tough and pretty strong, able to get into the passing lanes and not being afraid to stick his nose in at times and take a charge. He mainly relies on his physical tools and activity level, though, not being the most aware guy in the world as far as defensive rotations or always staying in front of his man goes. He does have good potential here, though, if he’s willing to put in the time and effort. That’s going to be a key factor in whether he develops into a solid rotation player, or even much more than that. He certainly has the potential to do so, but it’s not going to come right away.

Stuckey is reportedly drawing heavy interest from the Detroit Pistons at #15. He could get drafted as high as 11 (Atlanta), and probably doesn’t fall past Philadelphia at 21.
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Weekly Top Performers (12/12): Part 2
December 14, 2006
Maybe the best kept secret in college basketball, Rodney Stuckey is once again showing why he will be a NBA first round draft choice in the near future. Following a sensational first year ( 24.2 pts, 4.8 RB, 4.1 assists) where he was both the freshmen of the year and player of the year in the Big Sky, Stuckey is avoiding the sophomore slump and adding to those already gaudy numbers. As of today he is putting up 26.7 pts, 4.7 RB, and 5 assists a game, not to shabby for a guy who wasn’t that highly touted out of High school and had to sit out his entire first year at college.

On the offensive end of the court, Stuckey can do it all. He is a combo guard in the mold of Ben Gordon and Dwayne Wade (before you laugh, check the stats, remembering the Wade also had to sit out his first year at Marquette) who can shoot the deep ball, drive to the hoop, and make the extra pass. He’s not the best shooter in the country, and he’s not the best slasher in the country, and he’s not the best ball handler in the country, but he might just be the best scorer in the country. He has that un-teachable, God-given knack for putting the ball in the basket.

Like Wade, Stuckey’s biggest strength is creating his own shot off of the dribble. He uses his strong body and superior quickness to get past his man and then either pull up for the jumper, or take the ball all the way to the rack, where he can finish with either hand and absorb contact. Because of this, he gets an unusual amount of and one’s for a guard, and he almost always makes good from the charity strike (89%). Like Wade and Gordon, Stuckey has no problem moving over to the point and running the team. For a guy who does the bulk of the scoring, and doesn’t have a whole lot of other options, 5 assists is more then respectable.

Earlier this year, against the University of Washington, Stuckey put on one of the best first half performances that I have ever seen. Washington, an athletic and deep team, threw every one of their defenders at him and he still rattled off 21 points in only 17 minutes of play. It is clear that Stuckey is the only real option for the Eagles, so his stats might be a little padded, but like Adam Morrison did last year, he is stepping up and proving himself against top-level competition.

As far as what kind of player Stuckey is going to be at the next level, I really like the Ben Gordon comparisons. I think he can play both guard positions, and like I stated before, he can flat out score, and the NBA loves a scorer. Stuckey also has that air of confidence that so often comes with great players. He always wants the ball in his hands and he is never afraid to take the big shot. When Eastern needs a basket, they just give the ball to Stuckey at the top of the key and let him do his thing.

On the defensive end of the ball Stuckey is still more about potential then anything else. With his size and strength he has the capability of being a lock down defender at the next level. He also has the frame to add bulk as he gets older, which is going to be important in his NBA development. A lot of players just don’t have the genetics to add a lot of size, but again like Gordon and Wade, he should be able to put on muscle without sacrificing speed and quickness.

Look for Stuckey’s numbers to increase even more drastically once league play begins. There is a really good chance that he could end up leading Division 1 in scoring this year, and then bolt for the NBA. I wouldn’t personally read too much into his league averages, but rather what he does against non-conference opponents and if he can lead the Eagles to the tournament, what he is able to do there.
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