The point guard position may be the most demanding position on any NBA team.
Teams expect their point guard to use their skills and vision to create the best possible opportunities for their team on offense. They have the ball in their hands on almost every offensive trip, and dictate the speed and flow of the game.
The Milwaukee Bucks' point guard Brandon Jennings is no exception.
On every given night, Jennings is expected to not only play a solid game himself, but elevate the game of those around him by getting them opportunities for success. And while he has shown flashes of brilliance, Jennings has not yet reached the elite level of point guard play in the NBA.
Jennings averaged just under five assists per game last season, which is alarming due to him playing nearly 35 minutes per game.
Some of this can be contributed to the poor-shooting Bucks missing shots that he created for them. However, Jennings far too often seemed focused on scoring rather than distributing.
In only four games last season did Jennings reach ten assists in a game. In seven games last season, Jennings had less than two assists.
It seems to be universally agreed that Jennings needs to improve his dismal 39 percent field goal percentage, but the part of the game Jennings needs to focus on the most is his distributing.
If Jennings can learn to become the prolific passer he has shown flashes of being, it will truly elevate the game of every player on the roster. It will also help Jennings offensively if other teams have to respect his passing.
Help defense is always a bit slower against an elite passer. Defenders will think twice about leaving their man to help knowing that a great passer will get the ball to the man they left. This will help Jennings find less resistance at those times he does try to score.
A great passer also improves the chemistry of a basketball team.
Far too many times last season the offense was stagnant, and the ball was simply not moving. If Jennings can learn to trust he teammates and not take as many shots a game, the relationship and chemistry of the Bucks will be dramatically improved.
Brandon Jennings has the talent and ability to be a high-scoring superstar on this team. But that is not what will make this team successful.
By him focusing on passing and involving his teammates in the game, the Bucks will be a much more successful team.