For the second act of his NBA career, Rodney Stuckey will wear No. 2 for the Indiana Pacers next season. The Pacers officially announced the signing of Stuckey on Monday to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum. That numbers comes in around $1.23 million for a seven-year NBA vet.
Stuckey is more interested in winning at this point which will likely lead to more money down the road if he can play a strong role for the Pacers. After tasting the playoffs in his first two seasons in Detroit, Stuckey has been stuck on the sidelines during post-season play for the past five years.
Now in his second NBA city, he's ready to return to the post-season. Stuckey will be the ninth Pacers player to wear No. 2 (via Basketball Reference). The list hasn't had a huge impact on Pacers history, so Stuckey has a chance to be the best Pacers player to wear No. 2 ever. Hey, someone has to, right?
How would you rank the 2's?
Vincent Askew - Played just 41 games with Pacers before being part of a trade that returned Mark Jackson to the Pacers.
Jamison Brewer - second-round pick spent three seasons near or on the end of the bench for the Pacers. Best known for radio interview with Mark Patrick which abruptly ended after Brewer said, "Sir, I gotta go."
Darren Collison - Has to be the leader in the clubhouse for the 2 crew after starting at point guard in the first of his two seasons on the team that returned the Pacers to the playoffs with a fun, five-game, first-round playoff loss to the Chicago Bulls. Collison was playing off the bench in his second year but played valuable minutes in the playoffs, particularly against the Heat in the second round. The Pacers went with George Hill and DC was dealt to Dallas in a deal for Ian Mahinmi.
Tyus Edney - Another former UCLA point guard to wear No. 2 for the Pacers, Edney played 24 games in a reserve role for the Pacers in the 2000-2001 season.
Marcus Haislip - Haislip spent the better part of December 2004 with the Pacers, playing nine games before getting waived on Christmas Eve.
Ralph Jackson - A fourth-round pick in the mid-80's, Jackson should bring up the rear in any 2 rankings. Jackson played one game during the first week of the season, scored two points with four assists in 12 minutes and then was released two days later, never to play in the NBA, again. Oh, but the stories...
Rawle Marshall - Marshall arrived from Dallas with Darrell Armstrong and Josh Powell as part of a trade for Anthony Johnson but was never able to carve out a consistent role in the playing rotation. His highlight in Indy was a 16-point, five-rebound effort in an early November win over Philly.
Earl Watson - Watson played with seven NBA teams during his career but only wore No. 2 while with the Pacers, joining Edney and Collison as former UCLA point guards to wear the number. Watson played a heavy role for the 2009-10 Pacers as a reserve point guard who was called on to start 52 games while backing up T.J. Ford who struggled to stay on the floor.
So yeah, Stuckey could make such an impact he could jump to the top of this illustrious list in one season. Signing him again, would then be a good problem for the Pacers to have.
Feel free to rank the No. 2's and share any thoughts or memories of their time here in Indy.