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Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 at 4:14 pm  |  25 responses

Bucks Say No Plans to Move Brandon Jennings

by Sam Riches / @sam_riches

After the Draft-day trade that brought Shaun Livingston, Beno Udrih and Captain Jack to Milwaukee, the Bucks may be overstocked at the point guard position. Last season Brandon Jennings manned the starting spot with Keyon Dooling providing relief, but with the new acquisitions the rotation will likely be Jennings, Udrih and Livingston.

Speculation has begun to surface that Jennings could now be expendable and divvying up playing time among the new guards will be a nightly chore. But Sporting News is reporting that isn’t the case, and according to Coach Skiles, everything’s going to be alright.

“A source told Sporting News, though, that there were no plans in place to trade Jennings, and that seemed to be confirmed Tuesday when the team introduced its two new point guards. Coach Scott Skiles said he would find ways to get playing time for everyone.

‘The way the game is played now, there’s so many opportunities that teams are looking for to put one big man in the game and four versatile guys — four ballhandlers, four shooters, three ballhandlers, three shooters and another big who can shoot and a center. So there’s all kinds of opportunities to get guys into the game and give guys minutes. Beno is a high-level player and there’s no question that there’s going to be times when both of our guards or all three point guards are going to be playing together, no question.’”

Udrih posted very similar numbers to Jennings last season and will challenge him for fourth quarter playing time if Jennings is not playing efficiently. Keyon Dooling may be the odd man out, as the 25-year-old Livingston could snatch most of his minutes away.

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  • http://slamonline.com Eldon Khorshidi

    Chill my man had 55 in three quarters…

  • robb

    Jennings would have better performances if he played for a different coach.

  • JL

    very similar? Jennings shot 39% vs 50% for Beno. You tell me who’s more efficient. Everything is pretty similar statwise. Beno a slightly better 3pt shooter. But Jennings took 14.7 shots to get 16.2 pts. Beno 10.4 shots to get 13.8 pts. If you get Beno to play more the Bucks have a better chance at winning. I’m not sure there’s a team that would be better off with Jennings as their starting PG.

  • B-Wright

    Given his star power, it’s hard to believe the Bucks would abandon Brandon Jennings for the sake of Udrih. There are people who would pay just to see BJ play. Not so with Beno.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Jennings is overrated as hell.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Brandon Jennings needs to become a better passer. His passing is almost as bad as Rondo’s shooting.

  • Bimmer

    Ya, he may be a little overrated. I was a big fan but I realized he’s not actually that good. But I’m still rooting for the dude.

  • T-Money

    to be honest, i think beno is a better basketball player. that 55 pts was so hype back then (and i got caught up in it) but it now looks like an abberation like tony delk’s 50.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    ??TONY DELK SCORED 50??

  • http://yahoo.com naji da man

    a player who averaged 16 points per game and getting 5 assist per game while playing in a team whos dead last at scoring sucks? should i mention he was only like 60 percent healthy when he came back from the injury that cost him 20 games plus hes only 21. btw his passing isnt bad it just every player he plays with misses open shots!!!

  • http://jsdklfl.com Jukai

    Jennings is a streaky player, he honestly reminds of Jason Williams— flashy, great with the dribble, a tinge worse passing but a tinge better slasher… and both had days when they were hitting everything and making every right decision and ya had to ride them, and had days when you wanted to sit them down and immediately trade them.
    This is Jennings’ career, and it will be better if him and his fans accept that.
    Jennings will start, Beno and Livingston will probably compete for that second spot, and who finishes the game purely depends on how hot Jennings is that day.
    And that’s not really a bad career.

  • brandon

    in another words brandon jennings doesn’t wanna win a championship

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I’m telling you if he wors on his passing and gets that skill to an elite level he’ll definitely be a perennial All-Star.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    *works

  • Bimmer

    How much did Andre Miller score on the Mavs a couple years ago? Was it 52?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Andre Miller is way better than Tony Delk.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    JL: ironically, the Kings would be better with Jennings as their starting point guard….

  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    The Raptors would be better if the modern day, Vaseline-eating Starbury was their startin guard…so Jennings is a definite upgrade. He could also go to Indy,

  • TheNightWatch*8*

    Jennings needs CONSISTENCY

  • Bimmer

    Just sayin…

  • Bimmer

    An abberation is an abberation. But I sure hope BJennings has a career closer to Miller’s than Delk’s. I’d prefer better than both.

  • KBJ

    Jennings= overated…with suspect defense on elite guards

  • marc

    I think overrated is thrown around way too much. And isn’t he only 21 yall acting like the dude is in his prime. Watch this kid is going to be a problem.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Jennings handle isn’t on Jason Williams level.
    And, honestly, he’s a better player than Williams ever was, must more aggressive as a scorer.
    He just struggles to finish at the rim, which is weird given his athletic ability. If he corrects that problem, sky is the limit.

  • Charles Breen

    he only played so bad cause he was injured

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