HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Quick, name the top 10 young point guards (25 and under) in the NBA.
We guarantee you’ll go 10-deep without mentioning Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey.
But if Stuckey does what we think he can this season in Detroit, it could be much tougher to overlook him in the future. We’ve already warned you about the big season Knicks fans can look forward to from Danilo Gallinari (who dazzled the home crowd Sunday in the preseason opener in Milan with 24 points, including a 5-for-11 showing from beyond the 3-point line), the early leader for HT’s Breakout Player of the Year award.
Stuckey is on our short list as well.
After serving as an understudy to Chauncey Billups as a rookie, Stuckey has made a steady climb out up the ranks to the point that he should at least challenge for a spot among the league’s best young point guards. Stuckey’s always been more of a scorer (16.6 points last season) than a pure facilitator (4.8 assists).
As the Pistons improve, and we think they’ll be better this season (though probably not a playoff team), Stuckey’s profile will continue to rise as well.
We’re counting on it now that we’ve placed him on our hot list of players to watch this season.