Jennings’ realization of the aforementioned is certainly a step in the right direction.
During the player’s introductory press conference in Detroit on Tuesday, Jennings promised to improve as a floor general:
#Pistons Brandon Jennings: "I definitely have to change my game for this team, for my teammates, to be successful."— Dave Pemberton (@drpemberton) August 6, 2013
Certainly, hearing Jennings say that is music to Pistons fans’ ears, for change is needed.
Jennings needs to operate within the offense, not against it.
According to Synergy Sports (subscription required), 34.6 percent of Jennings’ offensive possessions last season ended with him as the ball-handler in pick-and-roll situations. Likewise, he only made 40.1 percent of his attempts—and attempted 103 three-pointers—in the aforementioned situations.
Without question, Jennings’ mismanagement of the pick-and-roll was one of many reasons why the Milwaukee Bucks shot just 43.5 percent from the field last season.
Likewise, his horrid decision-making on offense was a huge reason why the Bucks scored 3.8 more points per 100 possessions when Jennings was off the court.
Will Jennings improve next season?
No doubt, Jennings’ aggressive nature is a good trait to possess, for it shows that he has a scorer’s mentality and that he is not afraid to step up late in games when others might shy away. However, relying on his court vision and instincts as a playmaker will have to be key points of emphasis going forward.
Playing with big men like Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Josh Smith should force Jennings to look for opportunities to facilitate and create for others.
Monroe and Drummond create problems down low on the block for defenders, and if Jennings can feed the ball into the interior on a regular basis, defensive pressure on the perimeter will decrease, which will in turn lead to clean looks from the outside.
Jennings’ vow to change his game is a good sign for the Pistons. Having a player commit to making the necessary improvements in order to help the squad achieve success is a great thing to see.
However, if Jennings falls back into his old ways, gloomy days will be in abundance for the Pistons.