There’s no question about it. The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the best teams in the entire NBA season this season and the favorites to win the championship. However, if you have been following the Bucks as long as I have, you know that it wasn’t always this way. From 2004 through 2016, the Bucks were constantly being looked at as one of the bottom feeders of the NBA. Although, this doesn’t mean that the Bucks were void of talent. There were plenty of good players that played in Milwaukee from 04-16 and I am starting this blog series to make sure those players are not forgotten about. They withstood the dog days of the Milwaukee franchise and brought joy to fans even when they were playing for nothing.
The player I want to talk about today is none other than point guard, Brandon Jennings. At one point, Jennings was considered one of the best up and coming point guards in the league. On November 14th, 2009, Jennings shocked the world when he scored 55 points against the Golden State Warriors in his 7th career game. It was a remarkable display of scoring that even garnered the attention of the National media.
His rookie season, Brandon Jennings averaged 15.5 points per game on 37.4% shooting from three while also dishing out 5.7 assists per game. The Bucks thought they had their point guard of the future and someone who could bring them to playoff glory. Unfortunately, his rookie year was the best season a Jennings’ led team ever had. Behind the scoring of Brandon Jennings and John Salmons, the Bucks made the playoffs that season but lost in the first round to the Joe Johnson led Hawks.
Throughout his Bucks career, Jennings played in 305 games and averaged 16.5 points per game on 15.0 shots per game. He also fished out 5.6 assists per game and grabbed 3.3 rebounds. Currently, Brandon Jennings is 4th in the franchise all-time in 3-pointers made, 10th in assists per game, and 10th in steals per game.
Whenever somebody brings up the name Brandon Jennings in Milwaukee, I’ve never heard one bad thing said about him. Unfortunately, he was never able to have sustained success in Milwaukee even if he deserved it. When thinking about the mid 2000s Bucks, Brandon Jennings is one of the first names to come to mind as he was one of the players that kept fans coming back for more. In every sense of the word, Jennings was a Bucks LEGEND.