Originally written on The Detroit Sports Site  |  Last updated 7/31/13
Brandon Jennings brings another young player with star potential to the Pistons, who have had their busiest, most exciting offseason in recent memory. The pundits are already lining up to crush Joe Dumars in the press. Why would he trade anything to get streaky, moody Brandon Jennings on the Detroit Pistons? Why, you ask? Because Dumars literally had no other choice. If he had sat on his hands and refused to improve his Pistons in any way further, the same fans and pundits would rake him over the coals for inactivity, especially if the team looked as pathetic as they have in the past on the court. Of course, those people certainly won’t like the addition of Jennings either, a streaky shooter who, like Josh Smith, has been accused of taking too many ill-advised three pointers and jump shots while being a confounding personality. That’s not the point, though. The point is, Brandon Knight wasn’t going to be the big game guard capable of playing the starring, leading role, and there was no place for throw ins like Khris Middleton or Slava Kravtsov, no matter how high their respective ceilings may look from the outside. By adding Jennings without dealing an expiring contract, Detroit has certainly injected their team with a new level of excitement and watchability heading towards a vital 2013 season for the franchise. So what that Jennings was a loudmouth who foolishly guaranteed his hapless Milwaukee Bucks would upset the Miami Heat in the first round of this year’s playoffs. Isn’t that just the type of confident, edgy player Detroit has needed? Nobody on the roster recently has said anything of note, much less issue a challenge to a group of entitled stars. Detroit’s roster, by the admission of Dumars and company, has been far too nice lately. In an association like the NBA, nice teams finish last. Or, consistently in 10th to 13th place. Jennings, 23, already has a higher ceiling than Knight, who’s only two years his junior at 21, and that’s what Dumars is banking on in this trade. The key number in this trade isn’t Jennings’ mediocre shooting percentages, but rather, 10. That was the amount of 30 point games Jennings had in the 2012-13 season, compared to only 3 from Knight. The Bucks, like the Pistons, will likely be waiting for Knight to come into his own as a dominating scorer. Jennings’ propensity to have explosive games regularly makes him an intriguing piece to pair with Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Smith, who with youth on their side, might evolve into the league’s first “big four” type talent collection. That group of three, now with Jennings in the fold, certainly warrants more attention than the pathetic 2009-2012 Pistons, with such exciting talents as Ben Gordon, aged Richard Hamilton, fading Tayshaun Prince and Rodney Stuckey taking up space. This move wasn’t just about setting up a brighter future for the Pistons; it was also done with designs of creating positive buzz and jolting more summer electrodes into a franchise which was on life support. Don’t name Dumars executive of the year yet, but give him credit for realizing something had to be done and finally taking proper action to add excitement. As a result, the 2013 Pistons will be very different. Will they be exciting or frustrating? On July 30, nobody knows. Count on them to be more relevant, though, which is a step forward from the past four years. Max DeMara is a senior editor at The Detroit Sports Site. You can find him on Twitter @SportsGuyTheMax
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Andrew Desjardins eats cereal out of Stanley Cup

Stephen Curry posts priceless David Lee farewell on Twitter

Michigan AD: Nike deal is largest in the country

Randy Moss beats Antonio Brown in sprints during workout

LeBron James believes his ‘legacy will speak for itself’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Crash at Tour de France sidelines riders

Buehrle drank beer during World Series game he pitched

Redick gives Clippers ‘F-minus’ grade for losing Jordan

Report: PGA pulls Grand Slam event from Trump course

Three things to watch for on Hard Knocks with the Texans

Pierre-Paul could face charges for possession of fireworks

Phillies GM: Chase Utley not a starter at 2B when he returns

T.O. has advice for Donovan McNabb after latest DUI

Sonnen: McGregor is 27 pounds over his weight limit

WATCH: Connor McDavid turns heads in Oilers scrimmage

Member of Pirates grounds crew swallowed by tarp

Video allegedly shows BYU RB recruit being shot

Vin Scully teaching the history of the American flag is a national treasure

Top MLS players at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

How the Pacers' new identity will look

Matt Bonner blames iPhone 6 for elbow injury, shooting woes

Evaluating Tarasenko’s eight-year, $60M contract

Tigers should accept reality and become trade deadline sellers

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top MLS players at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Five RBs who could break the Heisman Trophy streak

Watch to watch on Hard Knocks with the Texans

Tigers should become trade deadline sellers

JPP could face criminal charges?

'Corrected' 2015 MLB All-Star Game picks

MLB's 2015 All-Star snubs

Gronk, David Ortiz in latest Dunkin Donuts iced coffee video

The 2015 All-Star reserves & pitchers

Are LeBron, Cavs just playing teenage games?

Bucks threatens move to Vegas, Seattle

Bryce Harper to skip Home Run Derby

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.