Jennings appears ready to get into the starting lineup as a guard and have Will Bynum go back to his natural transition of coming off the bench. He returned on Sunday after being out a few weeks with an partially fractured jaw and made his regular-season debut with the team in scoring 14 points and contributing four steals and four assists in an 87-77 victory over the Boston Celtics.
Jennings came off the bench and contributed nearly 31 minutes of action. Bynum started but played only 17 minutes. Coach Maurice Cheeks gave clear indications how much the Pistons are committed to having Jennings partake in a key role for the team which is off to a 2-1 start. Considering the poor starts the team has had in recent years, a 2-1 beginning is rather encouraging right now.
Jennings showed his commitment to the team in the fourth quarter when he took off his protective mask. It was a nuisance for Jennings, who thought he could play better without the mask. He was right. Jennings scored eight points and had three assists and three steals when he got rid of the mask in the fourth quarter.
If the Pistons are to have success, Jennings needs to have one of his best career seasons. That’s why they traded for him. Now it’s up to Jennings to contribute the way the team expected him to in making the key trade during the offseason to get him.