Wednesday , Nov , 25 , 2009 J.N.

Is Brandon Jennings the best point guard in the East?


Is Brandon Jennings the best point guard in the East?Hailing from Los Angeles, California, this kid has put the League of Extraordinary Ballplayers on notice. Jennings is looking like the best thing to come to Milwaukee since Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. Admit it. The general consensus labeled this kid as a bust. I didn’t think he would be a bust, but someone who wouldn’t unleash the full potential because of a coach. I guess I’m looking wrong with that since Scott Skiles is giving him major playing time; something I extremely doubted. Hell, he even gave Jennings the starting job.

After one year overseas and the kid is balling out of his mind. Who knew he’d be this good? C’mon admit it. No one thought he would be this good.

Through 12 games, Brandon Jennings is averaging 24.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.7 assists. This is incredible production from a “bust” especially with that 55 point game against the Golden State Warriors on November 15. His type of game eerily resembles Allen Iverson’s. Not even Iverson scored 55 anywhere during his rookie campaign. What’s the potential of Jennings? Milwaukee Bucks fans must be wetting their panties right now because his talent has created the clear favorite for Rookie of the Year. He’s so good that Michael Jordan made a personal appearance, away from the golf course and 18+ night clubs, to take a look on November 20 against the Charlotte Bobcats. He’s so good that the New York Knicks are wondering if Jordan Hill will ever become Patrick Ewing. Hell, even Patrick Chewing is playing better than him.

There is no reason to expect that Brandon Jennings cannot keep this up. There will be some games where he appears like ass. That’s fine. Every player is entitled to a few games like that especially during their rookie seasons. Derrick Rose, last season’s Rookie of the Year, didn’t even play like this and has not played up to par in the sophomore year although Rose did put up 36 points and 11 assists in his first playoff game. That’s an entire different argument altogether with the Derrick Rose versus Brandon Jennings debate that fans love to pointlessly argue (or kill) over, which brings us to this. Where does he stand among other point guards in the East?

  • Devin Harris
  • Jose Calderon
  • Gilbert Arenas
  • Rajon Rondo
  • Derrick Rose
  • Jameer Nelson
  • Mo Williams

There is no way that he can win the MVP award over Kobe, Lebron, and Dwayne Wade unless Jennings can fulfill these requirements, which I formulated over long nights drinking Long Islands and dancing shamelessly at shady night clubs. Here they are:

  • Explode for 50 points in 4 more games somewhere during the season.
  • Average 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 6.5 assists.
  • Lead the Milwaukee Bucks to the second round of the playoffs with a top 5 record in the East.
  • Don’t get injured.
  • Tell Kobe, Lebron, and Dwayne Wade to take a vacation now.

If Jennings can fulfill those, especially with the last one, the MVP award is within grasp. If he can fulfill the first 4 then he’ll get some votes. That’s about it.

What do you think? Since there is no clear cut best point in the East right now, is Brandon Jennings the top point guard?

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