Rodney Stuckey has been a revelation for the surging Indiana Pacers this season, providing excellent scoring punch off the bench after signing for the minimum in the offseason. Stuckey is averaging 13.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists this season while shooting 45.5 percent overall and 39.8 percent from three. Both shooting percentages would be career-highs by a rather significant margin.
Stuckey has been especially great lately, averaging 17.3 points, 4.1 assists and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 51.1 percent overall and 47.8 percent from three since Feb. 1. He’s making a charge for Sixth Man of the Year as the Pacers make a charge up the standings.
It’s crazy to think Stuckey is on a minimum contract, and he said part of the reason why is because somebody with his former team, the Detroit Pistons, was spreading dirt on him throughout the league when he was looking for a new contract. But now he has found a new home where he fits in well, and he wants to stay past this season, per Mark Montieth of Pacers.com:
“I love it here, man,” he said. “I’m staying in the city, close to everything. I love it here. My family loves it here. I love the people in this organization. Definitely, I want to come back. That’s a no-brainer. Having a guy like Paul George here, of course I want to come play with an All-Star. Who doesn’t? Definitely want to be back here.”
Stuckey will obviously be in line for a raise, and depending on how the Pacers’ cap situation plays out, there could be a limit on what he can get from Indiana. But considering the impact he has made, the Pacers are sure to try and do whatever they can to bring Stuckey back.