Brandon Jennings is reporting to Detroit Pistons camp this week as one of the new faces who will be expected to do plenty for his new team.
But Jennings doesn’t have to put any pressure on himself to do wonders for the Pistons. He’s playing on a team that has plenty of talent with the likes of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith.
What Jennings does need to do is give consistency to a team that has an average age of 25. Jennings himself recently turned 24 so it’s hardly like he has an enormous amount of maturity.
But Jennings in the past has demonstrated his ability to be very consistent for an 82-game season. That that’s why the Pistons picked him up in a trade that meant dealing away Brandon Knight, a former team No. 1 draft pick.
Jennings comes into the season after averaging 17.5 points 3.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game for the Milwaukee Bucks a year ago in only his fourth NBA season. He’s likely to please the Pistons with his firepower and dependability.
One concern Jennings will have to shake off during preseason camp is his shooting. His field goal percentage has been over 40 percent just once in his career. It was 39.9 percent last season. In the NBA playoffs, he was only 29.8 percent from the floor and 21.4 percent in three-pointers. Of course, the Bucks were facing the Miami Heat who don’t get the credit they deserve for playing outstanding defense.
Jennings doesn’t have to bring the exact same figures in scoring, rebounding and assists to Detroit as he had last season although it wouldn’t be a bad idea. He just needs to show the Pistons how to be a winner. It’s likely that he will.