There is no good with Brandon Jennings. Only bad. Only horror and death by PUJITs.
Take one good look at the "Shot Locations" tab on Jenning's Hoopdata.com page. After you've wiped the throw up from your screen you'll realize a few things:
1. Jennings is a scoring point guard who can't shoot.
2. In three and a half seasons, Jennings career-high in shooting is 41.8 percent. Every other season (including this current one) he has been below 40 percent shooting. BELOW. BELOW. BELOW.
3. Jennings rarely gets into the paint and creates for his teammates. His passing numbers are mediocre at best. He turns the ball over a lot. He doesn't make his teammates better when he's on the floor.
For a bit more evidence, here's NBA-guru/master/handsome man, Zach Lowe. This is from Lowe's piece in early January when Scott Skiles left the Bucks:
"Jennings's ability to finish at the rim has taken a step back after his percentage from in-close ticked up last season, and he still ranks toward the bottom of the starting point guard pile in terms of driving into the teeth of the defense and creating productive looks for teammates.
Jennings's game has essentially stalled out. He's a 40 percent shooter with a 3-point stroke that tops out as average and mediocre driving/passing skills. He can be a disruptive defender, but he's loose with his fundamentals, and unlike Jrue Holiday (his draft mate, and new owner of an extension worth up to $46 million), he cannot credibly defend shooting guards. Barring some change over the next 45 games or so, the Bucks should not be in a rush to give Jennings $12 million per season."
Seriously. Jennings is just the worst. No offense to Rick Carlisle and the Mavericks coaching staff, but I'm tired of the "let's see if the Mavericks can develop him!" shtick. We've gone through that with Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo. We don't need to do it again.
Of course, as long as the price is right, trading for Jennings really could be a win-win deal. If Dallas doesn't use up a majority of its tradable assets, then it could make sense. Bring Jennings in for what is a lost season, see if he can show anything in Dallas and if he does, the Mavericks get the rights to keep the restricted free agent. If he continues the Brandon Jennings show and 39 percent shoots himself into oblivion, let some other sucker sign him and don't match his offer sheet.
But even then. This Mavericks season has already been awful. Guess it can't get any worse, right?