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Starting Spot for Brandon Jennings Not Guaranteed?

When Brandon Jennings became a Detroit Piston, the first thing we all probably thought was "FINALLY! A good starting point guard for the Pistons!". Although Jennings brings his basketball baggage with him, he is still a bright young talent in this league and can bring a lot to help this growing Pistons team. In multiple places, especially Detroit, Brandon would walk in and have the starting point guard role locked down. However, this off season that apparently is not how it is going to work. Jennings is not the locked in PG on this team and will have to earn it like everyone else.

 It is still safe to assume that Jennings will be the starting point guard when the season begins, but it is interesting to see what head coach Mo Cheeks is doing here. In a response from Joe Dumars, Mo has gone up to every player in contention for the role and basically said that they have to come in and earn it. Whoever can show that they are the best choice for the spot is going to get it, even if it is not Brandon Jennings.

 Jennings shares the point guard position with Chauncey Billups, Will Bynum, and Peyton Siva. Rodney Stuckey and Caldwell-Pope are shooting guards mainly and are probably not in any talks involving playing PG. So overall there are four possible choices to start in this role for Detroit. Realistically though, this is a two man battle if any between Brandon Jennings and Chauncey Billups. Jennings has the youth and talent while Chauncey holds the experience and will avoid taking too many risks. However from a realistic standpoint again, Chauncey will mostly end up the backup point guard and mainly serve as a mentor for Jennings.

 What Coach Cheeks has done though here is taken the idea of automatically starting out of Jennings' head.  This is an attempt to lower the ego of Brandon and make him understand that nothing will be given to him on a silver platter. If he wants to start in Detroit and make this team successful, he will have to put in the same amount of work that everyone else puts in to do so. Brandon has said that he is willing to put in the work and change his game to better help this team, but Mo Cheeks will not buy into anything until he sees it happen right in front of him time after time.

 Brandon Jennings has attitude problems and I think that this will help lower those a bit. Word has got out that he is not the locked in starter and the word has come from his GM and head coach. Jennings is still the best choice for the PG position, but it will be interesting to see how much work he puts in to prove it and see how serious he holds his role on this Detroit Pistons roster.