Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks isn’t one to speak in absolutes, given his experience in his previous coaching stops in Philadelphia and Portland, but he certainly can’t deny he loves using the combo of Rodney Stuckey and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at shooting guard.

Or even together, if he chooses to slide Stuckey to point guard, where Stuckey has alternated playing for various points of his career.

Brought on by Chauncey Billups’ left knee tendonitis, Caldwell-Pope slid into the starting lineup and will likely stay there for the foreseeable future.

“I’m never gonna lock myself into doing this and then you guys kill me later on,” said Cheeks, smiling.

Stuckey was a quiet contributor in the Pistons’ 97-90 win over the Sacramento Kings Friday night at Sleep Train Arena in his 30 minutes of playing time. He scored 16 points while adding four rebounds and four assists.

It was quiet, in part, due to Josh Smith (21 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, five steals, four blocks) and Andre Drummond (15 points, 18 rebounds) having monster games, and their evenings were highlighted even more when Cheeks said Smith will have to play like that for the Pistons to reach their maximum potential.

But Stuckey’s production was overlooked because he was effective in a different way than most Pistons fans associate Stuckey, when he’s on. Friday, he didn’t dominate the ball while out there, playing off teammates and letting plays come to him.

“I think these guys, today’s players are so versatile that they play without the ball,” Cheeks said. “It’s not a particular position.”

Last season, Stuckey was so frustrated he asked out of the first five, due to how former coach Lawrence Frank used him within the offense. Stuckey often said he was “sitting in a corner,” being a nonfactor when he felt he needed to be active to be useful.

Aside from a couple plays, including one where he backed down 5-foot-8 Kings guard Isaiah Thomas for a turnaround jumper, he wasn’t the main part of a given play but made sure his presence was felt.