When the Detroit Pistons acquired Brandon Jennings I almost shed a tear. I thought it was a inopportune joke someone was playing on me to get me excited. The Detroit Pistons with Joe Dumars at the helm will never sign two top 50 players in the same year? Wrong! Jennings is exactly what the Pistons needed a guard who can score and can find open teammates. Is he perfect? No but what he brings to the table is a point guard who you don’t have to teach how to play point guard granted sometimes he shoots a little too much but he can read a defense and he knows where the ball should go when he has help. Remember he might have developed some bad habits in Milwaukee because he never really had help in Milwaukee until last season when they made the playoffs. He definitely needs some fine tuning but we are much closer to being a contender in the upcoming years with him than without him. Let’s look at Brandon Jennings and what it means for us next season and the next three seasons as we embark on a potential journey back to an eastern conference power.
Brandon Jennings is fearless which I love in a point guard. He wants the ball in pressure situations and when he heats up he gets in a zone everything he shoots he makes. Jennings has a career average of 17ppg, 5.7apg, and 3.4rpg. Â This is a great fit because I think Maurice Cheeks does really well with point guards in the past and Jennings is as talented as they come. Jennings does have some concerns and they’re his shot selection and volume because his career shooting percentage is a paltry .394%. Â Jennings tends to not play hard enough on defense at times. My hope is that Jennings is motivated and with the stellar supporting cast that Detroit has assembled around him he can come in a focus on being a distributor and a timely scorer. I want Jennings points to stay about the same or increase and his assist total to go up but to be more efficient by shooting less and getting to the free throw line more by going to the rim.
Brandon Jennings Synopsis
If Brandon Jennings can become more of a team oriented player who plays within the offense he can become deadly. Improving his outside shot will help but in all honesty he is only 23 years of age and he is improving and with this new team and surrounding cast I think Jennings can take the next step to becoming one of the top point guards in the league. Jennings has all the talent it’s about has he matured enough to say it’s not about my stats it’s about us winning in Detroit. In Detroit you have two other guys who can average 20ppg next season in Josh Smith and Greg Monroe so you’re not expected to do everything by yourself.
Upcoming Contenders & Yes We Are aÂ Future Contender!
Â I know some people are shocked that in my first paragraph when I said contender in the next few years so I will give you some much needed facts on why I feel this way. Miami as great as they are no one can tell me Lebron James will be there two years from now without a healthy Dwayne Wade. Brooklyn Nets have a small window to win in because I can’t see Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce playing at a high level for more than a two years before maybe retiring. When you take Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett away you get the Brooklyn Nets of this year. Indiana will be around with Hibbert, George, and maybe Granger if he stays healthy. I’m not sure where Chicago will be. Noah, Deng, Boozer, and others could be gone but with that coaching staff and a healthy Derrick Rose anything can happen. New York Knicks must keep Melo and let Amare go. Which brings me to the main topic the Detroit Pistons. With Jennings, Billups, Smith, Turnt Up Twins,( Drummond and Monroe ) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope I can see a team that with experience can match up with any team in the NBA in just a season or two. The frontline with Drummond, Monroe, and Smith is athletic, can score inside and outside, pass and defend. Jennings and hopefully either Stuckey or KCP can fulfill backcourt scoring along with Chauncey “Mr. Big Shot” Billups coming in and providing timely scoring and calmness that exudes from his NBA Finals MVP and clutch fourth quarter heroics. We are set up to make some deep playoff runs in the next several seasons with this roster and the demise of other eastern conference powers due to age, injuries, and free agency. One thing is for sure we can sit back and enjoy the ride because I see the Pistons making noise in the eastern conference for the next several years with the talent assembled and maturation process taking place right before are very own eyes. I’m excited and even giddy like a kid in a candy store.