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Stuck on Stuckey

It's going to be interesting to track the respective careers of Nick Young and his Pistons counterpart Rodney Stuckey. The Pistons took Stuckey with the 15th overall pick last June, one slot ahed of Young.

Last night, the rookie came up huge in Detroit's 103-97 Game 2 win at Boston with 13 points on five of eight shooting. The thing that impressed me most was Stuckey's poise. He looked like a veteran out there which is one reason why Flip Saunders had him in the game instead of former Wizard Jarvis Hayes.
Right now, the major contrast between Stuckey and Young is that Stuckey appears to have fully grasped his team's system while Young still appeared to be lost at times late in the season.
Anyway, we all saw that Young is capable of being an explosive scorer in this league but right now it appears that Joe Dumars at least can feel good about taking Stuckey. For the sake of stacking the young fellas up, look at their regular season numbers:

-Stuckey appeared in 57 games (two starts) and averaged 7.6 points on 40.1 percent shooting in 19 minutes per game. He shot 18.8 pecent from 3-point land and averaged 1.37 turnovers.

-Young appeared in 75 games (two starts) and averaged 7.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting in 15.4 minutes. He made 40 percent of his 3's and turned it over 1.25 times a game. Then again, Young also has this going for him. At least LeBron managed to get dunked on without falling on the ground holding his lip.

-Yesterday, I spoke with Marc Cornstein, the agent who represents Vladimir Veremeenko, and it appears that there is a decent chance that Veremeenko could play in summer league. Taken in the second round by the Wiz two years ago, Veremeenko is playing for Khimki in Russia (also have seen it spelled "Khimky") but could negotiate his way out of the contract all together or simply be cleared to play in summer league.

Ernie Grunfeld has indicated that he would like to see Veremeenko in summer league as well so maybe something can get done. Cornstein declined to detail Veremeenko's contract situation but it appears that it is nowhere near as restrictive as the one Juan Carlos Navarro had in Barcelona before negotiating his way to the NBA last summer. At the very least, it would be good to get Veremeenko over to Las Vegas for summer league so other teams can see him. You never know, maybe some team falls in love decides to make a move for him.

By Ivan Carter  |  May 23, 2008; 12:53 PM ET
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