The Pistons are the feelgood NBA story of the year. And both the feel and the good begin with guard Brandon Jennings, who was magic against the Magic last night, scoring 24 points and dishing 21 assists. 21 assists? Before the recent turnaround (11-3 in last 14 games), the Pistons as a team might not get 21 assists in a game. (They average 21.3.)
Rajon Rondo was the last player to get 20 assists in a game. Rondo did it as a Celtic back in November of 2012. Rondo regularly puts up crazy stats in multiple categories, sometimes grabbing double figures in rebounding too. Steph Curry does the same at Golden State, averaging about 6 boards a game to complement the scoring and assists. Jennings grabs 2.6 rebounds a game so far. Detroit rebounds the ball well and may not need more from Jennings, but right now he seems capable of anything. So many elite guards in the NBA right now–can Jennings leap to the top?