Off the top: Ouch.
According to Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News, Pistons guard Brandon Jennings will miss three weeks of action with an impacted wisdom tooth -- an affliction that results when molars don't have the necessary room to grow properly. As a result, Jennings' wisdom tooth was fractured at its base, per Goodwill, which sounds just miserable. Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press noted that Jennings' treatment will involve immobilization for three weeks -- thus creating the basis for his timetable to return.
There's no risk of persistent damage, but an overhauled team losing Jennings at such a formative stage hurts all the same. Detroit still has so much to figure out through the conclusion of training camp and the exhibition season; spacing, for one, figures to be a consistent issue whenever Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond share the floor with the newly signed Josh Smith -- the quandary of which Jennings will have to navigate regularly. More broadly, almost half of Detroit's roster -- including Jennings -- is stocked with first-time Pistons, all of whom are learning the ropes under new head coach Maurice Cheeks. This is a hiccup in the Pistons' season preparation, to say the least. It will likely be of marginal consequence in the grand scheme of the season, but it does complicate the process of incorporating so many new pieces into the Pistons' playing rotation.