All of a sudden, Brandon Jennings is playing really well

All of a sudden, Brandon Jennings is playing really well


All of a sudden, Brandon Jennings is playing really well

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While his playing time has been cut down to just 28.2 minutes per night, Pistons guard Brandon Jennings is playing some of the best basketball in his career early this season.

Under head coach Stan Van Gundy, a player that was basically Mr. Bad Shot Selection has been making good decisions for once.

How nice has he been so far? Take a look at the numbers:

– Jennings is currently No. 6 in the league in PER ahead of stars like Stephen Curry, LeBron James or Dwight Howard. He has finished in the Top 100 only once in his NBA career.

– Jennings is shooting a career-high 46.3 percent up from 37.3 percent last year. He's never shot better than 42 percent in any of his previous five NBA seasons.

– Three-point shooting is almost 10 percent improved from last season: 33.7 in 2013-14 vs. 43.3 percent this year.

– His catch-and-shoot accuracy from three-point land (47.4 percent) is only 0.7 percent worse than Curry's. Last season, he made only 31.5 of his catch-and-shoot attempts from beyond the arc.

– He's now taking way more shots within three feet of the basket – 33 percent this year compared to 21.5 percent his first season in Detroit. Jennings is also finishing at the rim better than ever before: 58.9 percent of accuracy. Career average is 50.9.

– Even though playing time has been reduced, Jennings is driving to the basket 2.2 more times per contest than last year (8.0 vs. 5.8).

– He has drastically cut down on his pull-up shots (from 7.4 per game to 4.6) and has been more effective with the ones he takes (from 34.6 percent to 39.0).

– Not surprisingly, Jennings' true shooting percentage is through the roof compared to previous years.

Jennings is basically doing more with less. It's a small sample of games, of course, but progress is there for now for a player whom many had given up on.


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