Let me throw this out there: I love Brandon Jennings. I love the barely shrouded darkness in his eyes and the chip on his scrawny shoulders. I love how he didn’t even bother to show up in the green room when he was drafted because he didn’t want to be that last guy sitting in the chair looking like a doof. I love how he called out Ricky Rubio for being overhyped (turns out Brandon might have been incorrect!) and Luke Ridnour for sucking. I like when the overlooked have fire. He has great handles and is a fearless competitor. During his rookie year I watched in Rumsfeldian shock and awe as he dropped LITERALLY fifty-five points on the Warriors. He made it look easy, getting to the rim with elite ease and hoisting pin-pointed trebuchet threes from everywhere on the court. In his first season as the starting point guard for the Bucks he managed to “lead” them to the playoffs, and looked poised for a breakout sophomore year. Alas, things got rough after that.
Jennings has not made the big leap. He’s a career 39% shooter with a respectable but hardly elite 5.7 assists per game. Like I said, I really enjoy Brandon Jennings as an abstract concept, but the Emperor has no clothes.
And now the awesomely named Gery Woelfel is reporting (via Twitter!) that your Detroit Pistons are angling for the services of this sprightly enigma. Apparently this is the water cooler talk around Vegas Summer League. Apparently all of Detroit’s insistence on “Brandon” being a key building block was actually a hilarious bait-and-switch. Dumars has already publicly denied these rumors, stating that the Pistons are not angling for either Rajon Rondo or Jennings, but like everything any businessman says, you can count on it being at the very BEST a half-truth. Dumars has to know by now that Brandon Knight is not anyone’s idea of a star point guard, and he will either become a Vinnie Johnson type scorer or he will perish. On the other hand, Knight can shoot the ball. Jennings really has some issues there, as highlighted about six lines up. The thing is, if you are going to cram your front-court with guys like Josh Smith (can’t shoot), Greg Monroe (can’t shoot), and Andre Drummond (can’t shoot) then your backcourt ought to be dead eye shooters, since spacing the floor is already going to be a tremendous headache.
Brandon Jennings is not the answer, Joe. But it would still probably be a better trade than that time you traded for the Answer.