Pistons coach says Brandon Jennings still needs to improve as a point guard

Nov 27, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings (7) gets defended by Chicago Bulls shooting guard Kirk Hinrich (12) during the fourth quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Bulls beat the Pistons 99-79. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons had some high hopes for Brandon Jennings when they brought him to the Motor City to be the team’s new point guard, but Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks, who was an All-Star point guard during his playing days, feels Jennings has plenty of room to grow.

Cheeks believes that Jennings still needs some time to develop as a true point guard and help to maximize his team’s potential.

From Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press:

Cheeks knew where everyone on the floor was supposed to be — or supposed to be going. When they weren’t, he told them. Jennings is trying to learn that now, after a life of seeking out space to shoot.

“It takes a certain amount of time for a guy to do that if that if they haven’t been doing it that way their whole career,” Cheeks said. “I don’t think it’s just an overnight thing, I think Brandon is learning a little of that.”

“It’s very important to figure out where a (teammate) should be and direct him where to go,” Cheeks said. “It’s not an overnight thing where you learn how to play with Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, Josh Smith.”

If Jennings is open to the criticism, which he should be, then he is in a perfect place.

Cheeks can take some of his knowledge and experience from his time on the court to show Jennings exactly what he needs to be working on.

Once Jennings develops into the players that the Pistons need in the back court, their team can get closer to taking that step to the next level. It won’t be easy, but as long as you are a coachable player you can continue to improve and it will help you out in the long run.

Topics: Brandon Jennings, Detroit Pistons

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