Brandon Jennings May Benefit From Bench Role with Detroit Pistons

By Nugesse Ghebrendrias
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

When the Detroit Pistons signed Chauncy Billups, he was told he would be the starting point guard. With the trade for Brandon Jennings, what will Mo Cheeks do now?

The Pistons have a plethora of options at the point guard position. With new head coach Mo Cheeks in charge, Cheeks wants everyone to compete as if they are trying to earn a spot. In an interview with the Pistons’ president of basketball operations Joe Dumars, he agreed with Cheeks’ assessment.

“So did Will Bynum, so did Peyton Siva, so did Brandon Jennings. They all told me that when they signed,” president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said with a laugh…

… “I can tell you what Mo has told every guy from Chauncey to Brandon to every guy. He said, ‘Look, come in and earn it. I’m going to give it to whoever earns it.’ He said that to every single guy.

If Jennings were to come off the bench, it might allow him to focus on the stronger aspects of his game. For Jennings, less pressure might help out his game from a mental standpoint. If he can focus more on scoring off the bench then he would be a more efficient player while the Pistons get a hired gun off the bench. Jennings could play in the Jamal Crawford role which could give the team a huge boost.

As a former point guard in the NBA, Cheeks knows how to handle the pressure of running the team’s offense. If anyone is capable of finding the right fit for Jennings, it would most definitely be Cheeks.

Nugesse Ghebrendrias is a Sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @NugasayWhat24, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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