For every player who takes the NBA by storm right from draft night, there are at least five that take some time to develop.

Rodney Stuckey fits in the latter group. Midway through his fifth season, the Pistons combo guard from Eastern Washington appears to be living up to the vast promise he has shown at times since he was selected in the first round of the 2007 draft with the 15th pick.

Since Feb. 1, he is averaging 18.25 points per game and shooting nearly 47% from the field while getting to the free-throw line nearly seven times per game. The Pistons are 9-7 in those games, culminating with Tuesday night's win over Western Conference power Lakers in which Stuckey scored 34 points.