Stuckey had a very disappointing 2012-13 season, but in the three previous seasons he was one of the best players on the roster.
A lot of his problems have stemmed from playing almost exclusively at point guard to now logging most of his minutes off the ball.
According to 82games, in 2012-13 he played 42 percent of the Pistons' total shooting guard minutes, and just six percent of their total point guard minutes. In 2010-11 he played just four percent of their total shooting guard minutes, but 50 percent of their point guard minutes.
When he was running the offense, Stuckey was attacking the rim and drawing fouls—5.4 per game in 2010-11. He was also taking just 1.3 three-pointers per game.
This past season he drew just 3.6 fouls per game, a 33 percent decrease. His three-pointers were also up 2.4 per game, a career high. And he hit just 30 percent of them.
His shots near the basket are down overall. According to NBA.com, in 2010-11, 46.6 percent of his field goal attempts (385-of-827) were with five feet of the basket. In 2012-13 that number was down to 39.6 percent (296-of-748).
Not all of Stuckey's troubles have come from the change in positions. He averaged 1.6 fewer assists per game in 2012-13, yet turned the ball over at almost an identical rate as 2010-11, despite not having ball-handling duties. He also simply took more bad shots.
With Jennings in Detroit, Stuckey will again be playing the majority of his minutes at shooting guard. The question is whether or not he can succeed without the ball in his hands.
His chances will be better if Cheeks surrounds him with shooters, spacing the floor and opening up driving lanes. He also should benefit from playing with Josh Smith, a very good passer and pick-and-roll passer.
If Stuckey plays like he did last season, No. 5 is several spots too high. But with a new coach, more talent around him and the incentive of a contract year, there's reason to believe he has a bounce-back season.