There is no denying that what the rookie pulled off against the Golden State Warriors on November 14 was amazing. In a single game he was able to:
Surpass Kareem Abdul Jabbar's rookie scoring record for the Bucks.
Become the youngest player ever to cross the 50 point barrier.
The kid was incredible, but do we hand over the Rookie of the Year award now? No, of course not. Now that we have all had a few days to soak it in I think its time we all appreciated it for what it was, an amazing individual performance.
Yes, it was a performance the likes of which we haven't seen in the NBA in years, but it was just an single performance. Jennings didn't win the award based on that performance anymore than Kobe won MVP when he went for 26 more points than Jennings scored.
January 23, 2006 Kobe Bryant of Los Angeles other basketball team scored 81 points in a game. He came as close to Wilts amazing 100 as anyone ever had. His performance was amazing, awe-inspiring and incredible all mixed into one. Did it earn him the MVP that year? No, it went to Steve Nash.
End of season awards are not won on the strength of a single game in November. Not when you have Ty Lawson looking like a veteran in Denver and Tyreke Evans showing great consistency in Sacramento. Of course, there is still a rookie waiting in the wings, hungry to get his chance to impress in Los Angeles. The Clippers number one pick Blake Griffin will no doubt be in the ROY conversation at seasons end.
Sure, If BJ can make a habit of dropping 45 points in the second half of a few more games everything changes. For now however cooler heads need to prevail. Let's appreciate the performance for what it was but pull back on the talk of handing him any end of year hardware just yet.