Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings will miss the start of the season with an unlikely injury -- an impacted wisdom tooth and hairline fracture at the base of the tooth, according to a tweet Tuesday afternoon from Pistons beat writer Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News.
The 24-year-old guard will be out for the next three weeks and then undergo a reevaluation to determine whether he can return to the court. The Pistons tip-off their regular season on Oct. 30 at home against the Washington Wizards, so the tooth injury will effectively keep him out for the first few games of the season.
With Jennings out and Rodney Stuckey still nursing a broken finger that could jeopardize his ability to play in the season opener, head coach Maurice Cheeks could look toward a familiar face in Detroit to start at point guard for the Pistons: veteran Chauncey Billups, who was named NBA Finals MVP when he led Detroit to a championship in 2004.
The 37-year-old would likely share backcourt minutes with reserve guard Will Bynum until Jennings and Stuckey are cleared to play. The injuries could even open the door for Peyton Silva, the rookie guard who won an NCAA championship with Louisville six months ago.
Jennings did a sign-and-trade this past offseason, going from the Milwaukee Bucks to Detroit for guard Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton and center Viacheslav Kravtsov. Last season for Milwaukee, he averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 assists in 80 games. The Pistons also hired Cheeks to help improve on a 29-53 record last season.
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