Top 5 Injuries And How They’ll Affect The Eastern Conference Playoffs
2. Brandon Jennings
-Torn achilles tendon on January 24th
-Rehabbing post-surgery, hopes to be ready by training camp in the fall
Brandon Jennings came from the Bucks in a sign-and-trade last year, where he was a decent starting PG but did not really prove to the Bucks front office that he was worth keeping. Under the guidance of president of basketball operations/head coach Stan Van Gundy, Jennings really came out of his shell and was mentioned in all-star roster rumors. Jennings was having a career-saving season, averaging 15.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game, which were all near or above his averages through his 5 years in the NBA. Through late December, the Pistons were 5-23 and were next to the 76ers and Knicks at the bottom of the Eastern conference standings. Then, SVG made the decision to waive Josh Smith, in favor of Greg Monroe and other younger players who he wanted to give playing time to. They began playing team ball, as a result of SVG’s play-calling and Jennings’ leadership. The Pistons went 12-4 in their next 16 games, led by Jennings, who also made a game winner against the Spurs during that span. All great things come to an end though, as Jennings suffered a torn Achilles tendon on the 24th of January, ultimately opting for surgery.
His season-ending injury really hurt the Pistons, who have gone 6-14 since. Currently as the 12th seed in the East, their chances of making the playoffs are nil.
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