Brandon Jennings is not the worst member of the Detroit Pistons, but he definitely is the most frustrating. He's still young but not really showing many signs of growth. He's insanely talented but incredibly mistake prone. He's got the natural gifts of a great point guard but takes too many plays off on both ends of the floor.
Detroit Bad Boys has talked about the Pistons struggles and how much of that is on the shoulders of Brandon Jennings a lot (here, here, here, here and here, for instance). But, almost in spite of himself, he does manage to be really effective for long stretches of games. It's all about putting everything together. (Shameless plug, you can hear a little Jennings talk on the latest DBB podcast).
This is a player who had by far the highest assist percentage of his career and created more assist opportunities than all but seven other players in the NBA. But he does so many other things and he does most of them poorly. And now
the unfortunate Matt Moore at CBS Sports has watched more than 700 clips of Brandon Jennings play offense (presumably Clockwork Orange style, but that is unconfirmed).
Read the whole thing for a deep dive into the game of Jennings. A lot of it will sound very familiar, and some of it is explored in interesting and specific ways.
A hint of what you're in for:
And when he made those passes, man, was he good. Jennings is a gifted passer to moving teammates. That takes unique vision. He hits cutting players in stride, finds gaps in the defense when he loops underneath to give his bigs easy dunks, and looks for the corner shooter, especially in transition.
Which is why it's so maddening when you look at how often he shoots, and, as noted in the chart above, that when he does shoot, he actually managed to take more shots while defended than open than in years past. This, more than anything, is what caused my brain to ooze out of my skull and drip onto the floor like Gogurt after watching so many possessions. When Brandon Jennings is making good decisions, which he's capable of, he's actually a productive, efficient and talented weapon that makes you want to invest in him.
And if you're wondering why Moore stuck strictly to reviewing clips of Jennings' offense. Well, you wanted him to survive the ordeal, didn't you?