Brandon Jennings: Proving Critics Wrong

He was heavily criticized for turning down college hoops to play a year of professional ball in Europe. Many thought this would be a mistake, but the same critics are now being proven wrong.

Brandon Jennings is taking the NBA by storm, considered the best guard in the NBA draft, he had character issues put into question which dropped him all the way to the 10th pick by the Milwaukee Bucks. Projected for the eighth pick by the New York Knicks, who wanted Stephen Curry (and in turn he wanted to go), but he went to Golden State. The Knicks, who could have had the best player available in Jennings, opted for Jordan Hill instead. Two picks later, at #10, Jennings was picked up by the Milwaukee Bucks. It appeared like this would not be a good thing, as critics felt Jennings was too much of a prima-donna to play in a blue-collar town like Milwaukee.

Already through eight games in the season, Jennings has been off to a great start this season, and is already asserting himself as the main candidate for Rookie of the Year. He is averaging 25.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and is shooting a sizzling 53.9% from three-point land. The kid has been amazing, and really made noise after dropping 55 points on the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, which was the first 50 point game in the NBA this season. What was even more amazing about his Sat. night performance, was that he did not score a single point in the first quarter in a win that propelled the Bucks into first place through Monday until Dirk Nowtizki hit the game-winning jumper in overtime to give the Mavericks a 115-113 win over the Bucks in Milwaukee in which he had 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. The work ethic that he has displayed all season has really endeared himself to the city of Milwaukee and all the pre-draft qualms that many teams had before are being wiped away as he proves himself on the court. At the age of 20, he has shown he is more mature than many in his draft class, all due to that one year in Italy.

Will many players do what Jennings did? Probably not, but the game has improved him as an individual personally and professionally, and the Bucks just may be one of the big surprises in the competitive Eastern Conference this year. If he keeps this up, he deserves a spot in the All-Star game in Dallas this season.

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