The Detroit Pistons improved that record with their 5th win by beating the Nets 109-97.
Many pundits had the Nets as the team to beat in the East. However tonight it was the Pistons who looked like the contender thanks in large part to Rodney Stuckey.
Yes the same Rodney Stuckey Pistons Fans (including this guy) wanted run out-of-town in the offseason. Fact is without Stuckey the Pistons record (5-8) wouldn’t be nearly as good. Rodney had 27 points off the bench and continues to light it up every time his feet touch the floor. Stuckey is averaging 15.8 points per game and averaging 27 minutes. Not bad for a player that will most likely be wearing another uniform at the NBA trade deadline.
Stuckey’s play is increasing his trade value and could be the difference between being dealt to a contender or a bottom feeder. His play is also buying time for the newer Piston guards to gel with their teammates. in short the decision to keep Stuckey is making GM Joe Dumars look pretty smart.
Make no mistake however well Stuckey plays he will be gone at the trade deadline. But while he is here, the Pistons might as well take advantage of his resurgance.