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Pistons acquire Brandon Jennings

Stuck in the lottery the past four years, it seems the Detroit Pistons got tired of waiting. They grabbed free agent Josh Smith earlier this month, and on Tuesday, they agreed to acquire Brandon Jennings from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middleton and center Viacheslav Kravtsov. Does this push the Pistons into playoff contention? And what of their long-term future?

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  • Would a Pistons core of Brandon Jennings, Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ever compete for an NBA title?

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  • Which of these 2012-13 Eastern Conference lottery teams has the brightest future?

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  • Which team will be better in 2013-14?

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  • Where does Brandon Jennings rank among NBA point guards?

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  • Do you consider Joe Dumars a good GM?

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The crop of great young point guards in the NBA continues to grow each year, making it one of the deepest positions in the league. ESPN.com's NBA experts picked their top five point guards from the last five draft classes and now it's your chance to rank them. Cast your votes by clicking on the images below.

Best Young Point Guards

Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe

Los Angeles Clippers
2012-13 stats: 9.4 PPG, 2.9 APG

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors
2012-13 stats: 19.9 PPG, 6.3 APG

George Hill

George Hill

Indiana Pacers
2012-13 stats: 15.2 PPG, 5.3 APG

Jrue Holiday

Jrue Holiday

Philadelphia 76ers
2012-13 stats: 18.4 PPG, 8.9 APG

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Cavaliers
2012-13 stats: 23.6 PPG, 5.5 APG

Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings

Milwaukee Bucks
2012-13 stats: 18.0 PPG, 5.9 APG

Brandon Knight

Brandon Knight

Detroit Pistons
2012-13 stats: 14.5 PPG, 4.9 APG

Ty Lawson

Ty Lawson

Denver Nuggets
2012-13 stats: 14.5 PPG, 7.0 APG

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard

Portland Trail Blazers
2012-13 stats: 18.8 PPG, 6.3 APG

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

Chicago Bulls
2011-12 stats: 21.8 PPG, 7.9 APG*
*Has not played in 2012-13 due to injury

Ricky Rubio

Ricky Rubio

Minnesota Timberwolves
2012-13 stats: 4.0 PPG, 6.5 APG

Jeff Teague

Jeff Teague

Atlanta Hawks
2012-13 stats: 13.3 PPG, 6.4 APG

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas

Sacramento Kings
2012-13 stats: 9.7 PPG, 2.0 APG

Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker

Charlotte Bobcats
2012-13 stats: 18.8 PPG, 6.1 APG

John Wall

John Wall

Washington Wizards
2011-12 stats: 16.3 PPG, 8.0 APG*
*Has not played in 2012-13 due to injury

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City Thunder
2012-13 stats: 21.1 PPG, 8.8 APG

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There might not be an NBA season this year, but if that means we get to see NBA players dropping in on streetball and pickup games and putting on a show, we won't be that upset. Imagine you're playing in a summer league, minding your own business, and then all of a sudden, Kobe Bryant shows up and drops 43 points on you. You think that might make your night? This doesn't happen nearly often enough in the other major sports, which is a big point in basketball's favor.

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What was/is/will be your typical Sunday at 20 years old?

Pick up two hits and drive in three runs in an MLB game? (Granted, an MLB game in which someone named Bud Norris pitched.) Play 41 minutes on the road in the decisive game of a playoff series in the NBA? Drive 120 mph in traffic without incurring the wrath of the state police and beat Tony Stewart, Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the finish line?

Let's just say Jason Heyward, Brandon Jennings and Joey Logano, respectively, aren't your typical 20-year-old slackers. But Sunday, they also weren't nearly the most impressive members of their demographic in professional sports. That honor goes to Rory McIlroy, who despite not being able to celebrate with a beer unless he waits a couple of days or makes a quick trip back to his native Northern Ireland, shot a 10-under 62 to fend off Phil Mickelson in the final round at Quail Hollow. And don't even get us started on 18-year-old Ryo Ishikawa shooting a 58 to win an event in Japan ... darn overachievers.

But does putting together one of the more memorable weekend performances in recent times, and doing it against Mickelson, make McIlroy as much of a household name as the likes of Heyward or Jennings? Vote!

captaintr1pps

I don't think Rory's a fluke, he'll have plenty more wins soon enough. Out of all the young "flash in a pans", he's always struck me as the most likely to mature into a consistent winner. Him and Anthony Kim. Not that this makes me some kind of fortune teller, it's a pretty common opinion from what I've seed/read.

-- CaptainTr1pps
broadway_joe_99

Give credit where it's due. [Ishikawa] hits a 58, and only because he missed a birdie putt on the last hole. That's just sick. The only way anyone on this thread could do this is with a PS3 or Xbox 360. With mulligans.

-- broadway_joe_99

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It appears Tyreke Evans will be the NBA's Rookie of the Year. After Brandon Jennings scored 25 points to lead the Bucks to a 3-2 series lead against the Hawks, it also appears he might be the most significant rookie playing in May. Possibly deep into May.

Which is to say, the debate about this year's rookie class isn't nearly over. Well, other than Hasheem Thabeet. We can all agree that isn't working out so well.

Evans isn't a controversial pick as rookie of the year. ESPN's TrueHoop Network went that way in overwhelming fashion when it handed out awards. After siding with Jennings early and Stephen Curry in March, SportsNation concurred at the close of the regular season. But when it comes to looking beyond rookie season? That is another story ...

Ben (NYC)

Who makes their teammates better the best? Jennings, Evans, Curry, Rose, Rondo, Westbrook??? I say Curry.

David Thorpe
David Thorpe

Today Rondo, tomorrow probably Curry or Jennings. Full transcript

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