NBA Free Agents 2011: Pistons' Rodney Stuckey Not Worth $10 Million Per Season

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2011

Update: Detroit Pistons and Rodney Stuckey have agreed to a contract worth an estimated three years, $25 million, according to ESPN and the Associated Press

Detroit Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey is nowhere near worth the $10 million per season that he was after. 

According to a report from ESPN Rumor Central's Tom Carpenter, the Pistons originally offered restricted free agent Stuckey a five-year deal worth $40-45 million. However, Stuckey was looking for around $10 million per season, according to Vincent Goodwill.

The 25-year-old has played four years in the league, but he has struggled to develop into a worthy point guard who is capable of finding teammates and making others better.

Stuckey averaged a career-high 5.2 assists per game last season, which was just his third season averaging at least 31 minutes per game.

His 13.6 points per game average is certainly nothing to sneeze at, but he is a horrid three-point shooter and a lousy passer overall.

Stuckey averages two turnovers per game for his career, and given his poor assist numbers and the amount of missed shots he throws up on a given night (6.6 missed field goals per game last season and 6.7 for his career), $10 million per year is undeserved.

The Detroit Pistons were right to offer Stuckey the five-year, $40-45 million deal and stand firm at that, because the stats and team production during Stuckey's time in Detroit warrant no more than $8-9 million per year, if even that.

Stuckey is a consistent point guard at the very least, and those are hard to come by in today's NBA, so the offer makes sense.

But $10 million for a 28.9 percent three-point shooter who averages 314 assists per year? That is simply ridiculous.

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