Brandon Jennings’ rookie season will be remembered for his 55-point torching of Golden State in early November and who could forget his role in guiding his team to their first playoff appearance since the ’05-’06 season. What fans may overlook is Jennings’ dismal shooting percentage that placed him 17th in the league in total shot attempts.
Coaches like to avoid the basketball nomenclature of “chucker” when referring to a player who lacks the filter to pass up a contested jump shot though Jennings is in every sense just that—a chucker.
A shooting percentage below 40 percent might as well be considered the Scarlett Letter of the NBA—branding players that can’t pass up a heavily challenged 35-foot jump shot. The bleak 37 percent that Jennings shot places him last among the league’s qualifying shooters.
Jennings showed no signs of developing a sense of shot discretion as the season progressed. In fact, during the first round playoffs against the Hawks he heaved a grotesque 29 percent three point percentage. Had the Milwaukee point guard shot a Derrick Rose-esque 49 percent from the floor I don’t think owner’s and fans would have minded quite as much.
Trevor Ariza will begin the season suiting up for his fifth team in the last six seasons.
Does his career 32 percent three-point-percentage or 65.8 percent free-throw-percentage have anything to do with his status as an NBA transient? How about his 39 percent field-goal-percentage last season? You betcha.