First of all he's 23. His career average so far is at 17 ppg 5.7 apg 3.4 rpg and 1.5 spg
he also is a career 39% shooter from the field and one of the worst ranked point guards in the league
55 point game isn't his only highlight. If you think so, that is retarded. He carried that Bucks team to playoffs in two of four season he played.
And it was a second round in 09-10 where he shot 40% from the field and 29% from the three point line while taking 17 shots per game
And in 12-13 when he played even WORSE shooting 29% from the field and 21% from three
Guy is going down not up. Like I said, he hasn't improved and his game isn't improving and as a POINT GUARD he is still jacking up 17 shots a game and 14 shots a game in the playoffs, guy cannot run an offense and he sucks at iso's. So what is the positive here?
Players play to get paid. He is for sure not a MAX guy. But it's his right to ask as much as he can get. Paul George put up one solid season and led his team, and everybody is talking as if he is the next big thing and believe he is for sure a MAX guy. His percentages may be the WORST among all starting SFs in the league. But does he have potential? Hell yes. And I'm big fan of him.
Really? Paul George was 2nd in the league in steals per game for small forwards, first in the league in defensive rating and should have won defensive player of the year. He helped run a team with no Danny Granger while being forced into an offensive role he is unfamiliar with yet still is a career 43% from the field guy and 35% from three.
Compare that with "superstar offensive" player Carmelo Anthony who put up 45% from the field and 33% from three and you realize that Paul George is just fine offensively and possibly the best defensive Small Forward in the league.
While Jennings is still near the bottom of the barrel as point guards go. Again. What is the upside here? I dunno where you got that Paul George's stats were some of the worst from a forward you saw.... so that ends that..anyway.
Jennings suffers from one thing and one thing only. We are in PG-loaded league. Most of the PGs are NOT unique. They are just athletic, have handle and able to finish at the rim. Out of all the PGs unique ones are probably Curry, Irving, CP3 and Rondo. You can pass others as duplicate of themselves. Jennings also belongs to that group. And he is no worse than Ty Lawson (4-year $48m), Teague (4-year $32m) , Jrue Holiday (4-year $44m). I would also give Jennings a 4-year 40-45m deal.
Um NO he doesn't. I'm sorry but this is where I draw the line.
Jennings suffers from more than one things.
Fact: He suffers from being one of the worst iso point guards in the league
Fact: he shoots nearly 70% of his shots from the perimeter and barely takes it to the rim and is one of the least efficient point guards in the league at finishing at the rim because he only knows how to finish with his left hand even when he's on the other side of the basket.
Fact: He is one of the worst defensive point guards in the league prone to always overplaying guys and allowing them to blow past him.
Fact: He has one of the worst shooting percentages of point guards in this league.
Also guys on that list you left off are Rondo and Deron Williams. Who are still miles ahead of Brandon Jennings.
you also left out Westbrook and Derrick Rose who have a LOT more to their games than just being athletic as both have shown the ability to run a team better and finish at the basket better than Jennings as well as being able to finish with both hands and know when and where to use their athleticisms. AS wild as Westbrook is he's more in control than Jennings and all around the better the player.
They aren't just "athletic" they have all around better games than Jennings.
Jennings got a LOT of problems beyond "all other point guards are carbon copies with few unique ones"
Well I just listed guys who are very different from each other and all better than Jennings.
For the record, Ty Lawson career 48% from the field and and 38% from three and extremely efficient at finishing at the rim while also averaging 16/6 and can finish with either hand as well as run and offense and be effective in iso's. Miles ahead of Jennings.
Jeff teague, Career 45% shooter from the field and 34% from three also having a 14/7 year with his team, can finish with either hand and again gets to the basket more than Brandon Jennings does and is also better at isolation situations. and Jrue Holiday is all star level both a better shooter and finisher than Jennings and also better at running a team.
So yeah, Jennings is MUCH worse than all these guys, he shoots nearly 10% worse than all of them and can't run a team as well as them while being a terrible at the basket finisher.
So what makes Jennings even on THEIR level? Quite frankly... he isn't. So no offense but I'm glad you're not a GM if you'd give this guy a 4-year 40-45m deal....
Jennings is not a franchise player. And his skils won't develop to be a one. He wouldn't average 22-8 even if you gave him million years. But he is a warrior and a team player. He would certainly function well as the 2nd or 3rd guy for a contending team.
The words Team Player and Brandon Jennings don't go together in the same sentence unless the sentence is "Brandon Jennings is not a team player" The guy jacks up 17 shots a game despite the fact he's a 39% shooter. He'll keep shooting on awful nights regardless on whether or not his teammates are open.
There is a reason a point guard like Monta who could flourish next to a guy like Curry, and a three point bomber like Redick who WILL flourish under CP3, hated the guts of Brandon Jennings. Because he doesn't know how to run an offense, he isolates too darn much, he sucks at it when he does, and is one of the worst rim finishers in the league that rarely looks to get his teammates involved. In fact his BEST month last season was the month of March where he averaged 8.9 assists a game and had an amazing 20 point 17 assist game as well as a 31 point 10 assist game.
THOSE are the kind of stats he could put up talent wise and obviously as he averaged 8.9 assists that month and shot "ok". Know why he was able to do that? He lowered his shot output by about 5 shots a game for the month of March and passed more. After jacking up 17 shots per game in the months prior he dropped to 13 in March and look at the stats he puts up.
Then he forgets everything in April because he starts looking to get his own offense in less shot output this time but again STOPPED PASSING THE BALL. As a result he got his offensively at a high percentage but he left his teammates out to dry but they lost 7 of 10 games that month and he averaged 4 assists a game. This is the POINT GUARD. What changed? He found that with less shot output he could put forth better stats. But then he focuses on only getting HIS own shot and not passing the darn ball which he did the entirety of March and looked brilliant. Then in April he goes back to crap while getting his own scoring and leaving his teammates out to dry and never passing it to them. He's like Riley from Boondocks, he plays great up until he realizes something works and then he makes it work only for himself.
Then by the playoffs guess what..he was back to jacking up 17 shots a game and neglecting his teammates.
Jennings a team player? No. Never for long anyway.
Playing for teams which have no vision whatsoever is harder than you think. And Bucks is the prime example of that. They don't tank, they don't/can't pursue big names and therefore they are in that mid-league hell. Let's check Bucks' perimeter rotation in Jennings' term.
09/10 - Jennings, Ridnour, Salmons, Delfino, Redd
10/11 - Jennings, Dooling, Salmons, Delfino, Maggette
11/12 - Jennings, Udrih, Ellis, Dunleavy, SJackson, Delfino
12/13 - Jennings, Udrih, Ellis, Dunleavy, Redick
I mean what the hell are you doing? There is no single player that compliments Jennings in that bunch. Bucks traded their No.1 overall pick for Ellis, all to lose him 2 years later. I understand the reluctance to keep him since he's injury prone, but why do this?
They also traded for Redick in mid-season to lose him agian.
And yet point guards like Curry have shown ways you CAN play with Ellis but Monta grew to HATE playing with Jennings strictly because Jennings never looked to involve him in the offense, like I said, Jennings ain't a team player.
He had redick who Jameer Nelson was able to even take advantage of as well as Dwight Howard and he Brandon Jennings couldn't make it work with him on the team either, neglecting to look for him out on the three point line unless it was at the end of shot clocks.
Jennings has had capable wing players beside him all BETTER SHOOTERS than he himself is and yet they both grew to hate him because of his tendencies.
Eventually you're gonna have to stop blaming who the Bucks have and start looking at who Jennings is as a player and the reason they don't compliment him is because NO offensive system that puts the ball in Jennings hands and runs the offense is going to compliment any player that plays next to him.
The only success Jennings will ever find at a high level is if someone else ran the team, took the ball out of his hands and relegated him to a spot up shooter who had no other responsibility other than to move off ball and wait for the pass.
But if you're putting the ball in Jennings hands and asking him "run the offense" no wing in the darn NBA will fit around him because of his tendencies and how he plays. It's as simple as that.
I support Jennings' decision to play for a contending team. He is right to be unhappy. He's putting up 17-6 playing with bunch of benchwarmers in starting lineup. He does not deserve a MAX contract, but he shouldn't be held responsible for team's situation and his overall inefficiency. To say he is the worst starting PG in the league is retarded. You are hating on the guy that you watched maybe two or three times in a season for no reason.
I hope Jennings can show his true talents playing some meaningful minutes. Success comes from motivation.
No, I'm sorry buddy, I've watched Jennings for a very long time and have a pretty vast understanding of what he is right now. I just gave you a history above.
And when you're a POINT GUARD a viable point guard in this league, you know how to make the players around you play better and you understand how to find them in their sweet spots, you know how to set them up for easier shots, and you know how to take advantage of their strengths.
THAT is what a point guard's job is.
The fact that the ball is put in Jenning's hands and he's asked to initiate the offense which ALL point guards are asked to do in this league, he CAN NOT do it.
he doesn't play to the people around him's strengths.
he doesn't look to get them involved in the offense.
He doesn't look to create a situation where they can get their offense off easily.
He doesn't even look to make things easier for himself.
He doesn't play defense.
You keep saying that it's because he's surrounded by benchwarmers, but the reality is he's done nothing.. NOTHING to try to play to their strengths, or even improve on his weaknesses, he's sucked about as bad as they have and some of them have even outplayed him and he's the point guard that's supposed to be running the team. Jennings has no one to blame but Jennings.
He's got meaningful minutes his entire career, and even when they set him up with players that can create their own offense or be deadly off ball shooters he neglects to use them at all in the way of trying to create offense for himself, shooting 17 times a game and shooting 39% from the field.
He's a 2 trapped in a 1s body and he doesn't do either very well.
Kyrie Irving and John Wall are BOTH surrounded by bad teams and put up all-star.. and boarderline SUPERSTAR numbers. Why can't Jennings do this? Cause he is what he is and there is no excuses.
Jennings is what he is, a change of scenery isn't gonna change that unless he's put in a place where the ball is completely taken out of his hands and someone else runs the offense while he is relegated to off ball shooter.
But as a point guard whose job it is to try to initiate and distribute the offense which is the job of 99% of point guards in this league, he's one of the worst starting point guards in the league.
That ain't gonna happen. he SUCKS at the "role" of point guard, and unless someone else is on the team that takes those reigns from him he will continue to struggle wherever he goes.
Sorry to be blunt but that's likely not gonna change.
Edited by Majesty, July 23, 2013 - 03:42 AM.