Detroit Pistons' Rodney Stuckey Under Fire Already

Will DiasCorrespondent INovember 14, 2009

CHICAGO - MARCH 24: Rodney Stuckey #3 of the Detroit Pistons brings the ball upcourt against the Chicago Bulls on March 24, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Pistons 99-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Pistons are eight games into the season, and already some are questioning the progress of point guard Rodney Stuckey.

Stuckey came into the league relatively under-the-radar from Eastern Washington. He made a splash at the end of his first season with the Pistons in the playoffs when Chauncey Billups when down with a pulled groin.

That performance led Pistons President Joe Dumars to trade Billups for Allen Iverson and his expiring contract.

Since then, Pistons fans have had high expectations for the young guard, and rightly so. Stuckey seems to posses every physical tool to be a perennial All-Star, but has not yet reached that pinnacle.

Coach John Kuester recently made his feelings known about Stuckey, saying "(Stuckey) has a chance to be one of the best defensive guards I’ve ever been around because he’s so strong, he’s got size and he’s athletic."

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