Player A - MPG 30.5 / FG% .455 / 3P% .417 / FT% .75 / REB 3.1 / STL 1.43 / TO 2.6 / AST 5.2 / PTS 10.2
Player B - MPG 34 / FG% .433 / 3P% .486 / FT% .77 / REB 4.1 / STL 1.2 / TO 3.33 / AST 5.5 / PTS 22.3
Who would you rather have on your team? To be honest, both A and B look like solid pick-ups. Player B is clearly a more central piece to his team as he plays more minutes, nails more 3s and takes more shots, however, with these as an exception, both are very comparable on paper. Does it surprise you that Player A is Stephen Curry and Player B is Brandon Jennings?
Rookie of the Year? Biggest steal in the draft? Sure, Jennings blew up for 55 points. Despite being against our Warrior Defense, I give him props for such a performance; Carmelo Anthony just had his first 50-point game a few days ago. Since then, a lot of people have jumped on this Jennings Bandwagon. But is all this hype over Jennings just a mirage?
I don’t want to take away anything from Jennings and the skill set that he has. However, its hard not to compare him to Chris Douglas-Roberts and the New Jersey Nets; a decent player on a team with no one else. Cmon, Michael Redd is out and Andrew Bogut is out – someone has to score. Why not Jennings?
Yet, I believe I can say that if Monta Ellis and Corey Maggette (likely) were to get injured next week and we somehow managed to fill a roster, Stephen Curry would be taking the shots he needs to shine just as Jennings is doing now. Look what happened with Monta Ellis! Stephen Jackson gets removed and Monta is playing out of his mind because of his sense of ownership over the team. You do the same to Stephen Curry and I can guarantee the same results.
Many have said on this website that we made a huge mistake not picking up Jennings and that "I told you so" would flare up everywhere. I don’t dispute that some of you may have wanted us to draft Jennings but it would be unfair and wrong say we made a mistake drafting Curry. Curry just hasn’t had the opportunity to shine like Jennings has.
Here is my turning point. Here I state why it wasn’t just fine that we drafted Curry, but better we drafted Curry. In fact, I argue Curry is a better player so far. Since Jennings’ infamous 55 point game, he has shot an embarrassing 38% from the field and his team has lost its last four games to San Antonio, a CP3less New Orleans, Oklahoma City and Orlando. He wasn’t a good shooter overseas and he’s not getting any better since coming to the NBA. Finally, because we’ve only played about 15 games so far, I can arguably say that Jennings’ stats are skewed because of his 55-point performance against us. If someone were willing to workout the numbers without that game, Jennings’ stat line would be much similar to Curry’s if not worse than Curry’s.
From ESPN.com: "After his blazing start to the season that had everyone buzzing, Jennings is averaging only 14 points on 29% FG shooting in the last four games. During this shooting slump he has taken 69 shots, but has only scored 56 total points."
I’m glad we drafted Curry. He is smart kid and we’ve seen a glimpse of his potential through some of the plays and passes he makes. Give it time. Embrace the learning curve.