Prior to last night’s game, our Warriors blog, Golden State of Mind, hearkened back to their first impressions of Brandon Jennings, from the Vegas Summer League:
The first thing you’ll notice about Jennings is that he’s small and skinny by NBA standards. However, he also happens to be lightning quick, plus he’s left-handed. It takes defenders awhile to adjust to left-handers, so it’s no surprise to me that he’s making as big a splash in the NBA the past few weeks as he is.
Let’s say you’re right-handed, as the majority of us are. If you are guarding a left-handed player, especially someone as explosive as Jennings, Jennings is probably going to attack you with a left-handed dribble drive. This means that you must plant off your weak leg, your left leg, to stay in front of him. Not as easy to do for us right-handers.
I don’t think any Warrior is going to be able to contain Jennings tonight, especially since none of the Warrior guards are left-handed. He’s just too super, super quick. In my live-tweet of his Summer League games, I noticed he had a scar running downward on one of calves. Probably because he’s bionic!
During Summer League, Jennings had the uncanny ability to get the ball to a teammate right under the hoop. I don’t know if it was because Summer League has poor interior defense, but the recipients of his passes got the ball right there, ready for a layup. No other point guard was quite doing that.
Click through for their full analysis, including some of their real-time reaction to his summer league performance. A lot of good stuff there.