That all changed on Aug. 1, when George broke his right leg.
Now Stuckey realizes he has signed on for more than originally expected in terms of his role with a Pacers squad that has had to adjust to the loss of its best player as well as the free-agency departure of guard Lance Stephenson.
Stuckey says he’s game for anything.
He averaged 13.4 points and 3.9 assists in seven seasons with the Detroit Pistons. Head coach Frank Vogel says Stuckey excels at driving to the rim and getting fouled. The guard is an 82.8 percent shooter at the line.
Drafted with the 15th overall pick by Detroit in 2007, Stuckey has played in 483 career games, 265 of them starts. He was used primarily as a starter from 2008-09 to 2011-12, then came off the Pistons bench more the past two years.
The Pacers started him at shooting guard at the outset of preseason, but he can alternate to point guard, depending upon the situation. George Hill is expected to get most of the time at point guard.
At a recent Pacers preseason golf outing, Stuckey chatted about adjusting to his new team.
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