The Detroit Pistons could be getting a big boost with Brandon Jennings potentially returning from a torn Achilles sooner than expected.
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Van Gundy Comments on Jennings' Recovery
Tuesday, Oct. 6
Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said Jennings could be able to return to drills next week, adding the guard was "getting good lift on his jumper at shootaround today," per Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.
On Sept. 22, doctors cleared Jennings to take part in full basketball activities with the possibility of a late-November or early-December return, according to Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago.
Pistons' PG Depth Allows Team to Be Patient with Recovery
Jennings suffered the Achilles tear during a Jan. 24 game against the Milwaukee Bucks and had surgery a few days later. He said on Twitter (h/t SI.com) the injury would put him on the shelf for six to nine months, so his time frame lines up with the surgery.
A former first-round pick, Jennings has developed into a solid point guard. He's a quality three-point shooter, hitting 35.1 percent from behind the arc, and has averaged at least 6.5 assists per game in each of the past three years.
The Pistons do have a contingency plan to get by without Jennings, as Reggie Jackson and Steve Blake are serviceable, but there's no doubt his offensive upside makes Detroit a better and more efficient team to make a playoff push in a weak Eastern Conference behind Cleveland.