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Detroit Pistons 2013-14 Player Grades: Brandon Jennings

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Two free agent acquisitions, one lottery pick, and a full season of Drummond and Monroe, and the Pistons matched their 29-win total from a year ago. DBB staff hands out the credit and the blame in its postseason grades. Players are graded on a four-point scale.

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Brandon Jennings: 1.71

Brandon Jennings comes in with a meager 1.71 rating from the DBB staff. For comparison's sake, fellow (sometime) starters Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Singler graded out at 2.26 and 3.5, respectively. Jennings' grade is helped by his passing abilities and significantly hampered by his utter lack of defense.

brgulker: If the season ended after forty-one games, Jennings would have gotten a pass from me. For Detroit, he was who he's always been from a production standpoint. However, after Cheeks was fired, Jennings all but mailed it in. I'm not letting him off the hook for that. A motivated Jennings is a fine stop-gap for two more years. A sulking Jennings belongs on the end of the bench.

revken: Jennings often performed well as a playmaker, but his shooting was mostly poor and his defense was terrible.

Mike Payne:Thanks to the extra points from 3-pointers and free throws, plus a career-high assist rate and a reasonable contract, Jennings wasn't a loss-producer this season. That's probably the nicest thing you can say about Brandon Jennings at this point

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Shinons*: If Jennings' role was to be a backup, he would have been fine this year. But as a starter, particularly one given such a large responsibility, his poor defense and shooting played a too significant of a role in the team's struggles. It was enough to inspire help at point guard remaining as one of the top priorities this offseason.

Sean_Corp: I hate Jennings and I love Jennings. Even on a team with zero perimeter presence, zero flow, and, really, zero clue, Jennings was able to greatly increase his assist percentage while seeing a relatively minor bump in his turnover rate.

Still, there is more to the game than assists, and Jennings' complete inability to defend greatly set his team back. Also at issue was his disastrous attempts to run the pick and roll and his horrid and frequent shooting. There is still a kernel of a good player in there that can hopefully bloom with good coaching and a better supporting cast, but I'm not holding my breath.