Pistons News: Stan Van Gundy Shows Growing Confidence In Brandon Jennings

The Detroit Pistons appeared to have a bit of a competition brewing between Brandon Jennings and DJ Augustin when it came to the starting point guard spot at the open of the 2014 NBA season.

However, Jennings has scored 61 points over the past two games (including 29 in Friday's win over Oklahoma City), along with shooting 49.3 percent (37-of-75) from the field and 53.1 percent (17-of-32) on 3-point attempts over his past five games.

"You look at his shooting percentages, particularly over the last five or six games, you look at his assist-to-turnover ratio, and he's only 25 years old and he's starting to get it now," Van Gundy said after Friday's win, via David Mayo of MLive.com. "He's starting to play efficiently, not just throwing up a lot of shots and getting points. His shooting percentages are going up."

Not only is Jennings' shooting starting to come around, but he also maturing both as a person and a leader in the face of Van Gundy's early public criticisms of his game.

"Usually, if I was younger, I'd just pout and I'd just say, 'Whatever, like it is what it is.' But I just stuck with it," Jennings said. "Regardless what was going on in the first two games, not playing, I kept coming in every day, working hard, just kept my mind focused on the main goal, and that was to lead this team."

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