Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced today that the team has re-signed guard Rodney Stuckey. According to the Detroit News, the deal is for three years and $25 million.
“We are pleased to re-sign Rodney Stuckey,” said Joe Dumars, Pistons President of Basketball Operations. “Rodney led our team in scoring and assists last season and he’s part of the young core group of players that we are building around. We look forward to watching his continued growth within our organization.”
Last season Stuckey appeared in 70 games (54 starts), leading Pistons in scoring (15.5 ppg) and assists (career-high 5.2 apg). He also shot a career-high-tying 43.9% from the field and averaged 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 32.1 minutes per game. Among NBA leaders, Stuckey ranked T-25 in assists and also shot a career-high 87 percent from the free-throw line (14th in the NBA). He recorded his third consecutive 1,000-point season and dished out a career-high 14 assists twice, including a game vs. Toronto (3/16), when he became the first Piston to record 10 assists before attempting a field goal.
Stuckey, the 15th overall pick by the Pistons in the 2007 NBA Draft, owns career averages of 13.6 points (.423 FG), 3.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 29.7 minutes in 279 games. In 73 games during the 2009-10 season, he averaged a career-high 16.6 points and led the team in total points (1,215). Among NBA league leaders, Stuckey has ranked in the top-30 in assists per game each of the last three seasons and has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week twice [(12/29/08-1/4/09) and (12/7/09-12/13/09)]. He scored a career-high 40 points vs. Chicago (12/23/08) and participated in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge at NBA All-Star 2009 as part of the Sophomore Team. Stuckey was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2008 and became only the third Pistons rookie to start a playoff game [at Orlando (5/10/08)] joining Joe Dumars and Tayshaun Prince.