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Rodney Norvell Stuckey (born April 21, 1986 in Kent, Washingtonmarker) is an Americanmarker professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the NBA.

High school career

Stuckey prepped at Kentwood High School in Covington, Washingtonmarker, where he led the Conquerors to a 4A State Title in 2004.

College career

Stuckey played college basketball at Eastern Washington Universitymarker. As a sophomore, Stuckey averaged 24.6 points (7th in the nation), 5.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.4 steals per game. Against Portland Statemarker, he scored a season high 36 points. In his sophomore season, he had nine 30-point games and three 10-assist games. He had a career high 7 steals against Idahomarker. He was also fourth in the country in scoring.

In only two seasons, he scored 1,438 points, made 98 3-point field goals, collected 279 rebounds, dished out 283 assists, and collected 145 steals.

On January 11, 2009 Rodney Stuckey's #3 Eastern Washington Universitymarker jersey was retired at half time.

Pro career



On June 28, 2007, Stuckey was taken 15th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Stuckey got off to a quick start with strong play in summer league and averaged 32.1 PPG, 5.5 RPG and 9.1 APG in pre-season play before breaking his hand in the final pre-season game. He had left-hand surgery prior to the regular season and was expected to miss 6–8 weeks before making his NBA debut. Stuckey was cleared December 20 to practice and play again, nearly two months after undergoing surgery. He made his professional debut December 21, 2007 against the Memphis Grizzlies and scored 11 points in 6 minutes off the bench.

On May 13, 2008, Stuckey was elected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, with 22 ballot votes, including six first-place votes.

During the 2008 NBA Playoffs Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce said of Stuckey's performance in game 2, "I thought Stuckey really gave us problems, I think he was the X factor in the game." That night Stuckey came off the bench to score 13 points in 17 minutes helping the Pistons win game 2 in Boston.

Stuckey in action


On December 23, Rodney Stuckey scored a career high 40 pts (2008-09 Team High in Scoring) in a win versus the Chicago Bulls. He also recorded a career high field goal attempts and made field goals.As well he scored 38 points in a win against Sacramento Kings.

He also played in the 2009 Rookie Challenge contest with the sophomore team during All-Star weekend.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

2007–08
Detroit
57 2 19.0 .401 .188 .814 2.3 2.8 .9 .1 7.6
2008–09
Detroit
79 65 31.9 .439 .295 .803 3.5 4.9 1.0 .1 13.4
Career
136 67 26.4 .428 .277 .807 3.0 4.0 .9 .1 11.0

Playoffs

2007–08
Detroit
17 2 22.4 .371 .286 .879 1.9 3.4 1.1 .1 8.2
2008–09
Detroit
4 4 32.0 .393 .000 .857 2.3 5.3 .0 .0 15.0
Career
21 6 24.2 .379 .133 .875 2.0 3.8 .9 .1 9.5

Personal

In March 2009, Stuckey's size 18 Adidas sneakers were sold in an open auction on the NBA Auctions website for $150. Proceeds went to the Pistons-Palace foundation.

References

  1. Durant, Horford Headline T-Mobile All-Rookie Team May 14, 2008
  2. Chauncey Billups, Rodney Stuckey stand guard over Pistons By Dan Ventura Friday, May 23, 2008
  3. NBA Auctions
  4. Stuckey's size 18 Adidas shoes NBA Auctions website 2009


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