Brandon Jennings passed up an easy lay-up to miss a jumper

Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings has never been known as a guy who picks his spots. From his first games as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2009, Jennings has stood out as someone who would not avoid taking a shot just because it wasn't sensible. In fact, he often seems to seek out the most difficult ones.

Yet none of that history could have prepared us for a choice Jennings made in the third quarter of Wednesday's game between the Pistons and visiting Dallas Mavericks. With the defense caught ball-watching, Jennings made a very nice cut towards the basket from the weak side. Caron Butler found him with a pass for what seemed like an easy lay-up ... except Jennings decided that wasn't tough enough and dribbled out for a fallaway jumper:

The official play-by-play lists this miss as a 20-footer, which seems both factually wrong and spiritually accurate. If a very long two is the least efficient shot a player can take, then a mid-range jumper taken in lieu of a very easy lay-up is definitely a 20-footer.

The game as a whole wasn't so great for Jennings either — he finished 5-of-14 for 13 points in Detroit's 117-106 loss. Chandler Parsons paced Dallas with 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting.

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