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The Detroit Pistons had the luxury of a very consistent shooting guard for the better part of a decade. Once the team dealt Jerry Stackhouse for Rip Hamilton, they had a guard who was capable of leading the team in scoring every year.
By most accounts, the loss of Hamilton was very much a case of addition by subtraction as he had worn out his welcome in Detroit. Furthermore, he was taking minutes away from other players who are capable of playing big roles.
So who will step up and become the starting shooting guard?
This really comes down to whether the team is comfortable with Brandon Knight as their starting point guard.
If Knight can take the keys to this franchise, then the team can transition Rodney Stuckey into the team's primary wing scorer.
However, if new coach Lawrence Frank takes the conservative approach with Knight, then Stuckey will resume his starting point guard duties, pushing Ben Gordon into this role.
There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Gordon is a terrible defender, and is purely a scorer at this point in his career. But he is perhaps the team's best three-point shooter.
Stuckey can't shoot to save his life from downtown, but he can penetrate at will and is perhaps the most athletic player on the roster.
Stuckey is too inconsistent of a point guard, and has spent too much time away from the team to start camp. Additionally, Knight has provided excitement for this bunch, and there will be pressure on Frank to start him right away, which is the right move.
Look for Stuckey to become the starting shooting guard by the end of the first week of the season, and keep the job.
The only question is whether he can accept his new role. Personally, I think that Stuckey has the potential to be an explosive scorer in this role, although he was drastically overpaid considering his resume with this club.