Well coming off the Pistons' 8th loss in a row, Knight is showing some improvement in Assist % and total assists but still has a maddening amount of regular turnovers and a low FG%, while at the same time Rodney Stuckey is just now breaking out of the rut in his first season at starting SG. It all makes me wonder if it would have been wise to keep him at PG a little longer.
The first thing I'd like to point out is that I have in no way any delusions that Rodney Stuckey as a PG would ever win an NBA Championship, no this just an exercise to explore the idea that if he were the starting PG currently, our low wouldn't be so low and we could sniff the bottom rung of the playoffs. Basically making baby step improvements toward relevancy.
The Hypothesis is that year 4 was the benchmark for Rodney and (had he stayed at the position of PG) that afterword he would show the continuing improvement to get to the level of serviceable playoff calibre starting point guard. In his fourth year Rodney set career bests in TS% .54, AST% 27.5, assists 5.2, assist/to ratio 2.33 and FG% 44, and efficency 15.4.
In 2010-2011 his assist/to ratio was better than Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Brandon Jennings, and Darren Collison. And his TS% was better than Mike Conley, Goran Dragic, Monta Ellis and Russell Westbrook. Also his assist percentage was better than Brandon Jennings, Goran Dragic, Monta Ellis , and within a percentage of Ty Lawson and Mike Conley.
In similar mid level point guards like Kyle Lowery, Mike Conley, Monta Ellis and Goran Dragic there was marked improvement in assist percentage from year 4 to year 5 and with Lowery there has been continual improvement from yrs 5-7. I know its a small sample size to go off of but they do fall close with in the years active and number of years in the league.
The big if of course is whether or not another year at starting pg we have allowed Stuckey for continued improvement and better fortunes. Could one more year have made the difference? There is no way to tell, but we have for 2 more yrs with this year guarenteed and on the hook for 4 million if he's waived before the deadline next year. So in closing I'd like to get your input with the poll below or any other thoughts. Thanks.
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