Pistons: Reasons to Believe in Hot Start to the Season

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Jan 19, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Detroit Pistons guard

Brandon Jennings

(7) dribbles the ball as Atlanta Hawks guard

Jeff Teague

(0) defends during the first half at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Bench Will Improve When Brandon Jennings Returns

If there is cause for concern in the early going it is that the Pistons are heavily reliant on production from their starting lineup. That was on full display in their one loss when the bench was nearly shut out by the Indiana Pacers. Spencer Dinwiddie scored early in the fourth quarter for the only two points the Pistons got from their bench that night.

But while there is reason for concern, there is also reason for hope when Brandon Jennings returns to action. Coming off last season’s Achilles injury, Brandon Jennings is back at practice but won’t be ready for game action until sometime next month.

Jennings was having the best season of his career last season before his season was cut short prematurely. That led to the Pistons acquiring Reggie Jackson and signaled a new era at point guard but that doesn’t mean Jennings can’t still have an impact as a Piston.

It would be hard to fault Jennings if he felt sorry for himself as a victim of circumstance but it’s clear that is not the attitude he’s taking. Here is his response on twitter when asked if he was cool with coming off the bench.

Jennings’ return will be a big boost for the bench, particularly with him embracing his reserve role.

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