Warriors fans should be especially acquainted with Los Angeles point guards, having Baron Davis and Marcus Williams on the team the last couple years. One thing SoCal PGs don’t lack is swagger. Jennings is no different.
With “Young Money” embroidered on his shoes and a confident smile painted on his face, Jennings proclaimed himself to be the man for the Warriors.
Jennings: “That’s what I’ve been hearing through the media – that they’re looking for a pure point guard, someone to run the team. I’m that guy, hopefully.”
According to some Warriors staff members who watched the workout, Jennings “is definitely a true point guard.” His athleticism and ball-handling and court vision was on display against a tough-nosed player in Jonny Flynn from Syracuse.
Jennings can’t shoot a lick, from what I was told, but he make plays. He said his experience overseas gives him an edge.
Jennings: “I’m more mature. I think more than the other guys because of the year I had in Europe, just not even playing. Going through that, tough times up and down, the challenges that I faced, so I think I have the upper hand against some of these guys.”
The question is going to become what the Warriors want most: a playmaker who can’t shoot (Jennings), an excellent shooter who isn’t really a true point (Stephan Curry), a shooting guard with some point guard skills (Evans), a prototype NBA point guard who needs a lot of development (Holiday), an undersized, hard-nosed PG (Flynn), or a veteran off another roster.
Jennings said he and Monta would pair well together, especially on defense, where he said they would be “scary.” Certainly, with his uptempo style of play, and the likes of Ellis, Anthony Randolph and Kelenna Azubuike running the break, Jennings could work. The Warriors are already committed to playing Nellie ball for years to come, per the brain trust, so you could see the thinking behind drafting Jennings and grooming him to run the show in three or four years.
The same could be sad for Curry, however, who can probably develop into a floor general as fast as Jennings can develop a shot. The same could be said for Holiday, who is exactly how the NBA likes his PGs, sizable, athletic, skilled and versatile.
Check out Jennings’ entire interview transcript on Matt Steinmetz’s blog.