Rodney Stuckey G IND 3 Days
Stuckey (foot) is expected to play in Wednesday's season opener but will come off the bench, according to head coach Frank Vogel. "He's going to be limited with his minutes," Vogel said. "He's going to play a backup role."
Stuckey, who hasn't played in a week-and-a-half, was a candidate to start in the backcourt with George Hill (knee) and C.J. Watson (foot) both on the shelf. However, he won't be quite ready for a full role Wednesday, though his minutes should increase once he's back into game shape. The Pacers have not yet released an opening night lineup, but Donald Sloan and Solomon Hill appear to be the leading candidates to comprise the starting backcourt.
Rodney Stuckey G IND 6 Days
Stuckey (foot) hasn't done on-court work lately, and is unsure if he'll be able to play in the season opener, Pacers announcer Scott Agness reports.
Consider him day-to-day right now, and check back for an update on his status prior to Wednesday's game.
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Stuckey (foot) will miss the rest of the preseason, and will be reevaluated prior to the start of the regular season, the Indianapolis Star's Autumn Allison reports.
He's dealing with sprained foot, which he played through in the preseason game against Cleveland. While Stuckey should be a sneaky source of volume scoring, given the Pacers' lack of options, owners should be prepared for the possibility that he won't be ready for the start of the regular season.
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Stuckey will not play Saturday due to a sore left foot.
Stuckey has had a decent preseason, scoring 39 points, grabbing 11 boards, and recording five assists while limiting his turnovers to just three (none in either of the last two games). He is expected to serve in a similar role to Lance Stevenson last season for the Pacers last season, and is the favorite to start at shooting guard.
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Stuckey could find himself in a similar role to that of Lance Stephenson in the 2013-14 season, Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star reports.
Stuckey is already the early favorite to start at shooting guard for the Pacers, but this recent development suggests he'll stay on the court to be the primary ball handler with the team's second unit. This was exactly the role of Lance Stephenson in 2013-14, who ended up averaging more assists per game (4.6) than starting point guard George Hill. Coach Frank Vogel plans to use a deeper rotation this season that could feature up to 10 players, so this may eventually cut into Stuckey's minutes, but at least he'll be given the opportunity to see a heavy workload out of the gates.
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Stuckey has opened training camp as the Pacers' starting shooting guard, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports.
Stuckey signed with Indiana this offseason following the departure of Lance Stephenson and has immediately occupied the Pacers' starting shooting guard position. While Stuckey is probably the team's best option at the two-guard, the veteran started merely five games for a much-maligned Pistons team last season. Nonetheless, he finished fourth on the team in scoring with 13.9 points in 26.7 minutes per game, although his 2.1 assists marked a career-low. As a result, it will be interesting to monitor how Stuckey adjusts to his new surroundings, but it appears he'll enjoy a more significant role than in previous years.
Rodney Stuckey G IND 3 Months
Stuckey is an option to start for the Pacers in 2014-15, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Stuckey was originally signed by the Pacers to serve as a partial Lance Stephenson replacement, but with Paul George now set to miss the 2014-15 campaign, the team is now down two key contributors from last season. There are two starting spots currently open, and based on coach Frank Vogel's press conference indications, it seems to be up to Stuckey, CJ Miles and Solomon Hill to claim them. Chris Copeland and Damjan Rudez are also options, but it seems as if the team is leaning towards their two major free agent acquisitions and the home-grown Hill to fill the void. Stuckey will surely have to earn his role during camp, but at this point, 25 minutes per game may not be an unrealistic expectation.
Rodney Stuckey G IND 3 Months
Rodney Stuckey officially signed a one-year, $1.3 million deal with the Pacers on Monday.
The former Pistons guard accepted the veteran's minimum to join a winning team, saying, "It's never fun when you're losing, especially when you have to go through it for 82 games." He said he'll embrace any role the Pacers see fit to give him, and without Lance Stephenson around he has a good chance to start at SG alongside George Hill.
Rodney Stuckey G IND 3 Months
Rodney Stuckey has spent this offseason working to improve his jump shot.
"Obviously, just become a better shooter. Once I [become] more consistent with my jump shot, I'll be fine," Stuckey said. "Just got to continue to put up shots, just repetition." Stuckey has done most of his scoring throughout his career from the free throw line and closer, but he struggles with the mid-range jump shot (35.9 percent from 16-to-22 feet). He's also never shot better than 31.7 percent from 3-point range his entire career, so Stuckey has his work cut out for him. Perhaps the additional talent in Indiana will allow Stuckey to get better looks, but we wouldn't expect a drastic improvement from the 7-year-veteran.
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Rodney Stuckey spoke like the prototypical team player in a recent interview, and he appears to be genuinely excited to be joining a winning team in Indiana.
"If they want me to come off the bench, then I'll do that. If they need me to start, I'll do that. It doesn't really matter. Whatever they need me to do, I'll do," Stuckey said. "I'm excited to have a fresh start. It's going to be good for me... I want to win. I'm going to come in and work hard. I'm going to earn everyone's respect. I'm going to earn my minutes and I'm just going to come in and just compete." Stuckey wasn't asked to do much besides score in Detroit, so it'll be interesting to see what he can do with a bit of an expanded opportunity/role in Indiana. Stuckey should be able to improve a bit on last season's averages of 13.9 points, 2.1 assists, and 0.7 steals per game.