The one starting spot for the Detroit Pistons that was unsettled when preseason began was shooting guard. Well, one name has been removed from the competition, at least temporarily. Rodney Stuckey has to have surgery to repair a broken thumb, and he is out indefinitely.
Stuckey broke his thumb in a mishap involving a car door, the second injury to a Detroit athlete involving an automobile in recent memory. The Motor City is out for revenge. This is an unfortunate fluke injury for Stuckey, and hopefully he is able to return soon. However, from a sporting perspective, the Pistons can make due without him.
Frankly, I was concerned that Stuckey would get the starting shooting guard spot. He isn't very good anymore. He has become an erratic shooter and he isn't very good at defense. Glory days, don't let them pass you by. His contract may now be even more onerous than Charlie Villanueva's, and that's a notable thing to say. He provides some depth, but not a lot of value.
Now, I expect Chauncey Billups to start. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will probably be the first guy off the bench. Kyle Singler can play the shooting guard position a bit. The Pistons will be fine. Stuckey will be back in due time, but until then there is no reason to be concerned about the absence of Rodney Stuck from Detroit's lineup. We still have Andre Drummond. We'll always have Andre Drummond.