As a 39 percent career shooter, the Knicks knew they were getting a streaky offensive player upon signing Brandon Jennings. Still, his $5 million, one-year contract makes him a bargain in today's NBA economy. Streaky shooting aside, Jennings has an undeniable clutch gene and can fill it up in bunches. With a 15.4 point career average, there's little to no stopping Jennings when he does happen to heat up. With New York desperately in need of a scoring boost from its second unit, he's a very good fit and serves as a low risk, high reward option.
Well known for his own offensive prowess, it would have been difficult to predict the kind of chemistry Jennings continues to develop with Kristaps Porzingis. But at this point, such chemistry is undeniable. Dating back to the preseason, these two have had it going on. One of the Knicks' primary goals in order to be successful is getting Porzingis the ball. Such a task is an easier one to accomplish when Jennings is on the floor with him. That's something the reserve guard takes pride in. The big man is a special versatile offensive talent, able to score the ball inside, set up and shoot around the perimeter, or simply catch the ball in transition and make it rain from downtown. When he's running the floor with Jennings, there's trust that his floor general will find him and the offense starts to flow.
The Knicks are trying to build up the chemistry in their starting five. Derrick Rose is still getting there, but there's no doubt he can take a nod from what Jennings is already doing with Porzingis.