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Jennings was absolutely electric in this game, leading the Pistons back from an early, large deficit. 28 points, 14 assists and he still failed to shoot over 50%!
OUTLOOK FOR NEXT SEASON
2014-15 Status: Under contract for $8,000,000 (via basketball-reference.com)
While Jennings' status with the Pistons is much safer than, say, Josh Smith's, there's certainly no guarantee that SVG won't shop him this offseason. Van Gundy's offense tends to not ask much of the PG from a dynamic standpoint. Jameer Nelson carved out a successful role in Orlando just moving the ball within the system and shooting when open. Nelson never had a Usage Rate above 23.2% in his time under Van Gundy, save for his sophomore season. While Nelson had his troubles with turnovers, he was a very reliable three point shooter; something that Jennings is certainly not. Will this cause SVG to look elsewhere to find his PG, or can he squeeze the efficiency out of Brandon Jennings? At first glance it doesn't seem that Jennings is a great fit in the new regime. On the other hand, he only has two years left on his contract, and is moderately affordable and tolerable if not asked to make decisions on the regular. I believe that Brandon Jennings can be a piece on a winning team, it will just take his best effort to take smart shots. At only 24 years old, there's still time for him to figure that out.
2014 SEASON GRADE: C+
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