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In what's looking like his final year as a Piston, Stuckey played less minutes per game than he had in any season other than his rookie year, and played as little PG as he had in any year other than 2011-12 (according to Basketball-Reference). He produced a below-average PER, a TS% slightly above his career average, and easily the lowest AST% of his career. A part of Stuckey's decrease in play-making can certainly be attributed to playing off the ball more, but the other part of that is Stuckey looking to score more. My guess is that this was motivated by his impending free agency, but obviously things like that are hard to prove without Stuckey saying so. On the side of my argument is the fact that he scored 18.7 Pts/36, nearly a full two points above his career average, and maintained a normal Usage Rate, despite assisting on less plays. Stuckey was in attack mode most of the season, which is something that probably benefits him, as its long been obvious he just isn't a combo guard.
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OUTLOOK FOR NEXT YEAR
2014-15 Status: Unrestricted Free Agent
The last time Rodney Stuckey was a free agent, my opinion was that Joe Dumars should just let him walk. Instead, after the lockout was lifted, Dumars rewarded Stuckey with a three year, $25 million dollar deal. This wasn't the worst deal Dumars handed out in his tenure, but it wasn't one of his few good ones either. When the time came this year to possibly take advantage of Stuckey's expiring deal, he was kept beyond the trade deadline. With nothing but six fruitless seasons in Stuckey's seven year tenure, it's hard to see how a player of such average skill level stuck around as long as he did. That being said, somebody out there will like his game enough to pick him up at a decent price for two or three years. OJ Mayo got $5M per season last offseason, and I would expect Stuckey to get something in the same ballpark. My guess is that teams such as the Kings, Grizzlies, Jazz and Hawks will at least kick the tires on Stuckey. Perhaps the Pacers could be a dark-horse candidate to sign him if Lance Stephenson goes elsewhere. The SG market is very thin this offseason, with Lance Stephenson as the top candidate, and then a bunch of guys similar to Stuckey's talent level behind him. Good luck and success to him in his next landing spot, against everybody except the Pistons.
2014 SEASON GRADE: C+
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