Jennings logged more minutes than any other Piston on the court with 42.5 minutes and didn’t seem to have it in some areas. He was 4-of-14 in shooting from the floor and 0-of-5 from the three-point area while shooting no free throws. His rebounding was OK with eight boards and he made three turnovers.
But his supremacy as a playmaker was never more evident than in this game. Jennings dished out 18 assists. He was getting his minutes because of what he was doing for the team. He got them because of how he was able to help his teammates do for the team by scoring points and getting a nice win against a very good Suns team. More importantly, the Pistons have followed a six-game NBA losing streak with a two-game winning string.
For the season, Jennings is at 16.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 8.2 assists per game. All his averages with the Pistons after 35 games are comparable to his career averages. The notable exception is in assists. His career average is 6.0 assists per game. His average so far this season is 8.2 assists per game.
His shooting percentage has never been top-ranked. This season so far, Jennings is at 37.9 percent from the floor. His career average is 39.3 percent.
But as his assists average would suggest, Jennings is becoming more of a team player. That’s good news for the Pistons.