Polarizing Brandon Jennings first of four top-70 ranked Pistons


There are a lot of exciting aspects that go along with this #NBArank series, but it’s pretty obvious that the excitement surrounding Tony Mitchell‘s ranking is quite the same as the excitement surrounding the starters and best players on each of the NBA teams.

And with new Pistons’ point guard Brandon Jennings sneaking into the rankings at a surprising No. 70, we get to the point where discussion of, “How’d he rank ahead of that guy?!” is actually worth discussing.

Jennings rankings comes with some shock. Not that Jennings is a bad player, but coming in ahead of guys like Eric Gordon, Bradley Beal, Kyle Lowry and Kemba Walker just seems kind of, well, shocking. Maybe the public perception of Jennings fitting in Detroit isn’t that bad.

Last night’s preseason opener wasn’t available on television — and it didn’t say anything about what this team really is — but Jennings seemed to put together an efficient night (15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and five steals). It’s yet to be seen how that will carry over to real games against NBA competition, but it’s a start.

One final nugget courtesy of Dan: Seven teams have at least four players in the top 70. The Nets, Bulls and Warriors have five. The Pistons, Rockets, Pacers and Grizzlies have four.

What do the seven non-Detroit teams have in common? They made the playoffs last season.

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