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Brandon Jennings says Pistons ‘should own the glass’ next season

Sep 10, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

Brandon Jennings, Joe Dumars

The Pistons have a lot of new pieces to fit together once training camp opens at the end of the month, but that’s going to be part of the fun.

Detroit added Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith to an already talented group of young players, and put a new head coach in place in Maurice Cheeks who will be tasked with trying to make it all work from the very start.

Jennings didn’t receive the extension he wanted from the Bucks largely due to his inconsistent play that saw him looking to shoot more than pass from the point guard position, but that may have been a function of who he had with him on the roster. As he looks forward to next season, Jennings is excited by the possibilities.

From Keith Langlois of

Andre Drummond, his potential is very high. He’s so young, too,” Jennings said Tuesday after his first workout in the team’s Auburn Hills practice facility. “Greg Monroe, he’s a guy we can get the ball to under the basket and make plays, get buckets. They’re two big, physical guys, too. And with Josh (Smith), bringing him in here, I think we should own the glass this year, defense and offense.”

Early in Jennings’ Milwaukee career, when Andrew Bogut was healthy, he got to see the effect of a low-post presence on the rest of a team’s attack. When Jennings said at his introductory press conference in early August, “I definitely have to change my game for this team, for my teammates, everybody to be successful,” that’s what he had in mind.

“With the talent we have – we have two of the best young big men in the league right now, Drummond and Greg Monroe. You really don’t see that too much anymore,” he said after Tuesday’s workout. “That was the David Robinson-Tim Duncan era, when they were together. Now that we have two of ’em – and two young guys – I’m real excited to be able to play with those two.”

As for the part about rebounding, the Pistons were 13th in the league in both rebound rate and rebound differential per game last season. The addition of Smith should help a little but it’s worth noting that considering his size and athleticism, his average of 8.4 rebounds per game last season should be considered an underachievement at his position.

But nitpicking aside, the fact that Jennings is going into his new situation in Detroit with the mindset of changing his game to suit his new teammates is a positive sign.

  1. moseskkim - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Ppl are saying pack the paint on em and it’s well deserved but I think it’s a little overblown. They’ll start em but smoove will play a lot of pf minutes and Monroe will play a lot of C and if they have shooting wings, it will be ok. Most of all they have young talent that’s not really overpaid. Will be fun to watch a much improved piston team after years of mediocrity

  2. money2long - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    imagine if the pistons had a shooting guard like klay thompson.

  3. sportsfan18 - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Brandon will do his part to ensure that they own the glass by giving them lots of opportunities for rebounds due to all of his missed shot attempts…

  4. muhangis - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    I like the comment that, “I definitely have to change my game for this team, for my teammates, everybody to be successful,” …

    (true words of a pg) he seems to be getting it.

  5. saint1997 - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Wow he actually sounds quite mature in his approach. Granted its a press conference but perhaps a change this year from Jennings

  6. bifford - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Games aren’t won with a microphone. Hopefully Jennings can orchestrate the offense and elevate this team into the playoff picture.

    • money2long - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      who do the masses consider THE team leader in detroit ? would it in fact be jennings? or monroe because of his tenure? i wonder if anyone thinks it would be stuckey. my money is on jennings being the face. he has much to prove this season being on a better team than he has in the past but i think he has the capability to take over games when he is zoned in and he seems to want to do the right things this season.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:15 AM

        well it should be drummond because he’s their best player, but he’s probably too young to be considered their leader. I’d guess monroe due to his tenure and everyone else not being that good. They should have kept calderon and they’d be dangerous. Oh well, Brandon Jennings will have to do.

  7. jimsjam33 - Sep 18, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Mediocre team .

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