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Jennings: Pistons can become new Lob City
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On August 7, 2013 @ 4:12 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Vince Ellis, USA TODAY Sports
Can the Pistons become Lob City East?
Their latest acquisition, point guard Brandon Jennings, seems to think Motown can become the Eastern Conference version of the Los Angeles Clippers.
He looks at the front court of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith and sees endless possibilities for a highlight tape.
“They’re going to make my job a lot easier, and of course I’m going to make their job a lot easier,” Jennings said today at the Palace on front of Palace Sports & Entertainment employees and the media. “I guess you could say we can bring Lob City to Detroit this year.”
Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars introduced Jennings at a news conference. The move probably caps off an off-season that will bring at least seven new faces to the roster.
Jennings, 23, likely will be the starting point guard. He was acquired in a sign-and-trade with the Bucks last week that sent Brandon Knight, Slava Kravtsov and Khris Middleton to Milwaukee. Knight, who was a restricted free agent, agreed to a three-year, $24-million contract.
But if the Pistons are to pull off a reasonable facsimile of the Clippers, Jennings has to resemble superstar Chris Paul, the very definition of a wondrous passing point guard.
Jennings has gained a reputation as a shoot-first point guard in four seasons with the Bucks. He is coming off a poor shooting season (40%). He averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 assists per game. But it goes beyond stats with Jennings, known to shoot early in the shot clock and taking inefficient shots.
He didn’t disavow the knocks, but he said the difference between the Pistons front court and the Bucks’ is like night and day.
“I definitely have to change my game for this team,” Jennings said. “We have a bunch of great players.
“The things I was doing in Milwaukee, I won’t have to do here – take all those bad shots – because we have so many pieces.”
The Bucks made the playoffs twice in Jennings’ four seasons in Milwaukee while the Pistons didn’t make the playoff during that time.
But Detroit marks a fresh start for Jennings, who had to … [For more on Brandon Jennings: Pistons can become new Lob City, click here.]
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