Brandon Jennings Says Wizards 'A Team That Actually Plays Together' After Debut

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 03: Brandon Jennings #7 of the Washington Wizards dribbles the ball against the Toronto Raptors in the second half at Verizon Center on March 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Brandon Jennings only suited up for 10 minutes in the Washington Wizards' 114-106 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday, but he's already feeling at home in the nation's capital.  

Speaking to reporters after his debut with the team, Jennings explained that, while he's still operating as a backup point guard, the Wizards have represented a welcome change of pace after he spent the first four months of the season with the New York Knicks

"I'm in the same position I was in New York, but just in a better system for me personally and with a team that actually plays together," he said, per's Chase Hughes

And while Jennings went scoreless (0-of-3 shooting) with two assists and a turnover in defeat, he received words of encouragement from shooting guard Bradley Beal following the low-key debut. 

"It is always tough coming into a new situation," Beal said, per Hughes. "You do not want to come up here and look like you are jacking the ball, but we know him as a scorer, we know him as a facilitator, and that is what we need him to do. We are confident in him. It is only one game."

Looking ahead, Jennings will have a chance to flash his electric scoring prowess Sunday when the Wizards clash with the Orlando Magic

However, the Wizards should temper expectations just a bit since Jennings needs to get acclimated to a new scheme and has never been particularly efficient. 

Although Washington is in desperate need of scoring reinforcements—its bench ranks 29th in scoring at 23.5 points per game, per—Jennings is a career 38.9 percent shooter from the field and 34.9 percent percent shooter from beyond the arc. 

There will assuredly be speed bumps along the way given Jennings' streaky past, but he could help swing a playoff game or two in Washington's favor if he heats up at the right time.