If you don't already know who he is, Rodney Stuckey was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 15th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.
Stuckey played his college basketball at Eastern Washington University, where he averaged 24.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game in the 2006-07 season.
His rookie season in the NBA resulted in little playing time behind Chauncey Billups. He averaged 7.7 points and 2.8 assists in approximately 19 minutes per game.
The 2008-09 season brought a trade of Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson. The deal was good news for Stuckey, as Iverson plays the game very similar to Stuckey and can take him under his wing. Nearly two weeks after the trade, coach Michael Curry switched up the lineup to put Stuckey at point guard and Iverson at shooting guard.
Since that move Rodney has played absolutely incredible. He said he wants to be an All-Star in this league, and here are five reasons why he should be one THIS SEASON!
1. This guy can flat out score.
This mere 22-year old has the same scoring threat as teammate, Allen Iverson. Put the ball in his hands and he will find a way to rack, no matter who is in his way. He has a 40 point game against Chicago this season and a 38 point game versus Sacramento.
Give him a single days rest and he will average 15.3 points a night. The 6'5" point guard has had 10 games this season where he has scored 15 or more points.
2. Excelling in the outside shot.
Before this season began, Stuckey's outside shot was his weakness. Now, I don't know that he has a weakness. He shot 18.8 percent from beyond the arch last season and early on this year he is knocking down 37.9 percent of his long balls.
His field goal percentage has risen seven percent from last season to a great 47 percent this year. In a win versus Indiana earlier in the season, Stuckey shot the three-ball four for five and scored 21 on the night.
3. Dish it, Rodney! Dish it!
After averaging 5.5 assists per game in college Rodney has not slowed down in the NBA. During his 19 minutes per game last season he dished out 2.8 each game. But, now that he is a starter and is on the floor for nearly 29 minutes he has averaged 5.1 assists per game.
It doesn't hurt that the two veteran point guards he has played with (Billups and Iverson) are two of the best passers in the game today. A pretty good assist to turn over ratio of nearly 5/2 has helped his play a lot.
4. Nasty moves.
Some of this guys cross-overs and moves are simply disgusting, in a good way. Like I said earlier, Stuckey is a very dynamic scorer and can take nearly anybody to the hole. His 6'5" frame and his toughness also helps him back down and wear out other guards.
With a very explosive first step, Rodney can easily get around the games best defenders. With another guard like Allen Iverson on the team it's hard to focus on just one of them.
5. Veteran team has confidence in him.
The Pistons have players like Iverson, Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton, and Rasheed Wallace, but still Michael Curry and the coaching staff turn to Stuckey time after time to get a good possession of a score.
Plus, Stuckey can hold his own in the paint to get a big rebound for the team. He averages 3.2 a night, which is outstanding for a point guard.
As you see, Rodney Stuckey is very much so deserving of a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team this season. Just remember his name and don't be surprised when he is in competition for the MVP award in a few seasons.