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Jennings Active vs. Knicks
Tuesday, Dec. 29
The Pistons announced Jennings checked in in the first quarter of Tuesday night's game.
The 26-year-old is a high-volume scorer from the point guard position and topped 15 points per game in each of his first six seasons in the league. Jennings also shot a solid 36 percent from three-point range last year on the way to 15.4 points per night for the Pistons.
He is more than just a scoring threat for Detroit. He averaged 7.6 assists per game in 2013-14 and 6.6 assists in 2014-15, which were both higher than any marks he set in his prior four years with the Milwaukee Bucks.
The silver lining for the Pistons has been their depth at point guard between Reggie Jackson, Steve Blake and Spencer Dinwiddie. When discussing Jennings' injury status after his Achilles setback, Dan Feldman of NBC Sports' Pro Basketball Talk said, “[He] is more than afterthought, but he’s not paramount to the team’s present or future.”
The same can be said after this injury.
Detroit signed Jackson to a five-year deal in the offseason, and he will likely be the starting point guard for the foreseeable future. Blake is a veteran in his 13th season and can provide quality minutes off the bench and three-point range. Dinwiddie, 22, is a youngster in his second season with upside as a physical presence at 6’6” and the ability to attack the basket and create for his teammates.