If you know basketball, you know who Brandon Jennings is. This kid is amazing. In high school he was one of the best players in the nation and decided to skip college and play pro overseas. Many questioned the decision but it looks now as if it has payed off. Jennings is going to win the rookie of the year easier than Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson did (if he doesn't get hurt and keeps playing as he is). He is averaging 21 points, five assists and four boards.
Tonight he scored 55 points! He set an NBA record for the youngest player to ever score 50 points in a game. If you watched thegame you saw the Allen Iverson in Jennings. Don't get me wrong, we will never see another AI, but this guy reminds me of AI in his rookie year.
I remember when Iverson dropped 50 in his rookie season and scored 40 points four straight times—including a 40 point night against the Bulls. Tonight, Jennings went 21-34 and seven for eight from the three point line. Not scoring any points in the first quarter, Jennings showed the mark of true scorer when he took the game over and put up 29 in the third.
Jennings also had 15 straights points in the third quarter and scored 10 straight in the final 2:15 of the fourth to beat the Warriors. He came through in the clutch hitting a go ahead three to put his team up one. It was amazing and Jennings proved that he is for real.
If this guy continues to work hard and stays healthy, I think the Bucks will be a deadly team for years to come and this guy will be a top four or five player in the league. Like his favorite player Allen Iverson, he is extremely quick and fearless, though he has a better shot than AI did in his rookie season. The Bucks have themselves a franchise player and he is already proving to be one of the best point guards in the league.
Right now Jennings is an all-star in my mind, and if he can lead the Bucks to the playoffs while keeping up these stats I think Jennings will have more than just a Rookie of The Year award. Jennings is already doing things Kobe and LeBron had not done in their rookie years.
As Allen Iverson leaves, the league has a player in Jennings who is on the path to have similar success—possibly better. Maybe even a better career than Kobe Bryant. I know it is too early to say these things, but if you saw the 55 point game tonight you know that this kid is amazing and the sky is the limit.
Jennings proved that playing overseas was not a bad decision, and it has paid off big time. Let's just hope the league and the media don't one day tarnish his legacy as they have his idle, Allen Iverson.