AUBURN HILLS -- Rodney Stuckey was just minutes removed from his best scoring game as an NBA player, and already he was thinking about an encore. "I'm just playing my game, being aggressive," Stuckey said after posting a career-best 40 points in Detroit's 104-98 victory against the Bulls on Tuesday.
"I have to keep getting better, that's how I see it. I had a good game tonight, but there's a lot more games to play."
More games mean more opportunities for Stuckey to continue to prove he is the best point guard from the 2007 draft, despite Memphis' Mike Conley (No. 4 overall pick) and Atlanta's Acie Law (No. 11 overall pick) getting selected ahead of him.
Stuckey, selected 15th overall, and Conley have played similar minutes this season, with Stuckey averaging 25.4 minutes per game and Conley playing 26.
However, Stuckey has better averages in all the key categories for point guards, such as scoring (10.7 to 8.0), assists (5.1 to 3.7) and steals (1.3 to 0.6).
Stuckey's numbers are even more impressive when compared to Law, who has been in and out of the Hawks' rotation this season.
Detroit's Richard Hamilton, a three-time All-Star, said Stuckey will soon be one of the NBA's elite players.
"He's still young, and he's still learning," Hamilton said in an earlier interview. "But the great thing about Stuckey is he wants to be great, and he's willing to put in the time and the work to be great."
When most of his teammates are finished practicing, Stuckey remains on the court to shoot mid-range jumpers and 3-pointers, two areas that have been identified as weaknesses in the second-year guard's game.
To his credit, Stuckey has shown the ability so far this season to make those shots consistently."The kid wants to be really good in this league," Pistons coach Michael Curry. "As he said, he wants to be an All-Star, and he's working toward that."
With the Pistons off until Friday, there is no word whether Allen Iverson will return this week. He suffered a groin injury in Tuesday's win against the Bulls.