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Larry Sanders questions Brandon Jennings’ willingness to pass

Oct 1, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Brandon Jennings said the Pistons could become Lob City under his direction. Of course, the first step of a lob is a pass, and Jennings has a reputation for being a reluctant passer.

But Jennings explained he’d pass more in Detroit, where’s he’s not burdened by the Bucks’ lackluster offensive options and can instead throw oops to Andre Drummond, Josh Smith and Greg Monroe.

Believe it or not, Larry Sanders took exception.

Andrew Gruman of (hat tip: Matt Moore of Eye on Basketball):


Count me among the skeptics that Jennings will pass significantly more often this season. It’s hard to relinquish being a top scoring option for a lesser role, even when players have the best intentions.

But if Jennings is going to pass more, Drummond, Smith and Monroe are better targets than Sanders. Sanders is a good player, mostly because his defense. Offensively, he’s still pretty unpolished. Drummond and Smith are athletic finishers, and Monroe has quality post moves.

Pistons-Bucks games will be interesting this season. I’m sure Jennings wants to take it to his former team, but because of Sanders’ quip, maybe Jennings will try to show up the Bucks by passing extra.

Yeah, right.

  1. greej1938l - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    No way Drummonds better offensively.

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      ? Drummond scores more points on fewer shots, is well above average from the field while Sanders is below average, Drummond grabs more offensive rebounds, gets to the FT line more.

      No way you know what you’re talking about.

      • khadeemw - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        sanders can actually be used in pick and pop situations…im a huge fan of drummond but he has to improve his free throw shooting….drummond is just as raw as sanders in the post…where drummond is more respectable is his ability to crash the offensive boards and get put backs

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        Yes, Sanders must be better because he’s outperformed in nearly every offensive category. Perhaps he shouldn’t be used in those pick and pop scenarios, seeing as he can’t make many of those shots.

    • ryanrockzzz - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      I see your point, but I dont think Drummond is as far behind offensively as you may think- I think they are both RAW, but Drummond does posses the higher upside there.

      Last year

      Drummond- 20.7 MPG/7.9 PPG- 5.7 FGA
      Sanders- 27 MPG/9.8 PPG- 8.5 FGA

      If you go deeper into it, Drummond actually looks better in some of the more advanced analytical categories, outside of free throw shooting.

      Also- Sanders was playing with a better PG, and despite Jennings passing issues, teams still had to account for him. Drummond had a PG who had no clue how to play with big’s and run a team effectively.

      • bougin89 - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        Rarely do you see such logical posts on these boards. Well done, sir!

    • monkeyjuice313 - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      He doesn’t need to be better. There won’t be plays designed for him, but he will score. He needs to be their D specialist. I agree with you. His free throws need to be better.

  2. greej1938l - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    you got me… imma hockey fan… lol…Sanders grew up 1000 yards from me. just trying to give the dude some credit.

  3. batyrn - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Jennings won’t change his ball hogging ways, at least not voluntarily. If he passes it will be a result of bullying. He’s been bullied quite a bit in the offseason.

  4. bugsygod - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    NOOOO!! Dan Feldman from Pistons Powered a Pistons Skeptic??? LOL!! He hates everything about the pistons. He’s the Skip Bayless of Pistons Basketball. But thats ok Dan, you can ban me from here. #Deeetrooitttt Bassskettbaallll!!!!

  5. cmehustle - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Drummonds is not very good offensively in terms of his repetoire. He can do put backs and alley oops. Thats pretty much it. He does that very well. Im not sure what Larry Sanders does well offensively, but he is an absolute beast on defense. Maybe that is because Jenings never passes…

  6. malkinrulez - Oct 1, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Wait….Milwaukee still has a basketball team! Who knew!

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