Eric Stuteville Started Strong in Career-Best Season

By Jacob Withee | April 22, 2019

Eric Stuteville was one of four returning Northern Arizona Suns to make the opening night roster, and he immediately showed year-over-year improvement across the board.

Stuteville opened 2018-19 with three straight games scoring 10+ points, such a stretch he never achieved in his rookie year with the NAZ Suns in 2017-18. Over his first five games, he averaged 12.0 points on 73.3 percent shooting and 4.4 rebounds.

Shortly after, he had one of his best games of the season, tying a season-high 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, to go with seven rebounds, against the Stockton Kings on Nov. 23. He had his career-best month in November, averaging 9.9 points on 64.8 percent shooting, 4.0 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 22.9 minutes per game.

Overall in 2018-19, Stuteville had a career-best season. He averaged 6.7 points on 56.2 percent shooting and 3.9 rebounds in 20.5 minutes per game in 50 games (37 starts). He had career-highs in almost every statistical category, and he was the only Suns player to play in every game. He is now one of four players in team history to play in every game in a single-season (Derek Cooke Jr., Josh Gray and Elijah Millsap in 2016-17).

Among players with at least 100 field goal attempts in a season, Stuteville set a team-record in shooting percentage at .562, surpassing Archie Goodwin’s .559 mark in 2017-18. Stuteville’s .562 field goal percentage was the 29th best mark in the entire NBA G League among players with 100+ field goal attempts.

The Sacramento State alumnus didn’t miss much, and he showed great footwork around the rim the entire season. He also mastered the pick and roll, flashing through the lane and finding the open space. At 6-feet 11 inches tall and 250 pounds, Stuteville would be a promising prospect for any team in need of size in the near future.

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