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Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  69 responses

Brandon Jennings: ‘It’s Time to Become an All-Star’


Heading into just his third season in the NBA, Brandon Jennings is setting some pretty big goals for himself. The Journal-Sentinel reports: “Last December, Jennings suffered a left-foot injury that required surgery and forced him to miss 19 games, which snapped a streak of 114 straight games (including playoffs) in which he had started. That injury left a lasting impression on Jennings and is part of the reason he has taken a determined, no-nonsense approach to his off-season workout program. The team’s hope is that Jennings will become a stronger player fundamentally this summer. ‘I’m just getting back to the basics of basketball,’ said Jennings, who worked out regularly at the team’s training facility before the NBA lockout was imposed July 1. ‘Just working on my fundamentals. Getting set back last year with the injury made me have a different approach to the game. It’s not (taken for) granted. Next year will be my third year and I need to establish myself as one of the best point guards and one of the best players in the game. It’s just trying to get better and better every day. Working with Scott Skiles (before the lockout), getting in the weight room, dedicating the summer to strictly basketball. It’s going to be my third year, so it’s time to become an all-star.’”

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  • BAWSE

    Good idea man. Get focus and a lil stronger. I want you to do well to further show how much BS the NCAA’s rules are. If Brandon does well more kids will not go and make these programs rich but get themselves paid for their WORK.

  • ctkennedy

    Outta the players who get legit mins less say 28mins n better ….he is one of the 10 MOST OVERRATED in the league

  • LP

    ..hopefully his jumper will start falling…he is a poor man’s Russell Westbrook right now, shooting 39%…

  • Fat Lever

    In hindsight, it looks like that 55 point game did more harm than good. It made people believe he was something he’s not, which was the next coming of AI. He’s got a ways to go to crack the list of CP3/Rose/D-Will/Westbrook.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    A better point guard than what people think, I would take him over John Wall and number one pick Kyrie Irving. Book It!!

  • Nella

    Over John Wall? Are you insane? On top of the size/athleticism gap, what skill does he have that Wall does not?

  • Sean B

    ^^^ Let me get some of that stuff you are smoking Seed, better than John Wall? You gotta be high or something to say something so ridiculous.

  • ctkennedy

    Jennings have no right …terrible at finishin at the rim…cant guard nobody ..shot selection the worst..he cant run a halfcourt offense..Ridnour n Boykins were better at it with the same rosters

  • ctkennedy

    over wall how?

  • SikhWitIt

    It’s not wholly in his control, the All-Star game is a popularity contest, the only evidence I need is what’s happened to LeMarcus the last two years.

  • dontbfoolish

    its not happenin for him to many guards better then him in the east and the pg spots are going to d-rose, john wall, and d-will

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    No, how bout getting that FG% over 40 to begin with?

  • LygerShark

    That guy need to work on running a team, and improve that shooting percentage.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^Jtaylor beat me to it : it’s time to start shooting over 40%

  • angus

    got alot of work to do but definitely has the potential to be a dynamic all star pg, gunna have to battle j wall for that AS spot though.

  • T-Money

    Haha, good one JT. I was just going to write that. Brandon Jennings is hot garbage.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    He’ll be fine.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Mars

    word@ The Philosopher. Ya’ll act like doesn’t play for the Bucks. He’s only 21 yrs old. FWYH

  • showtime

    kidd has the potential to be the second coming..but bad shooting % (due to shot selection) & gots get better about attacking stronger to the rim. but the speed , handle and shot is their.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    People act like Wall is some great player, whatever. I put my money on Jennings for the future. When Jennings becomes that dude. I said it first. BOOK IT!!

  • Al

    East All-Star PG’s
    1.Derrick Rose
    2.Deron Williams
    3.Rajon Rondo

    I love Jennings, he reminds me of a West Coast version of Kenny Anderson, but he’s gonna have some trouble breaking into the All-Star Game in the East, John Wall too.

  • jking6coop

    to many all stars pgs williams rose rondo jennings

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Jennings is overrated.
    All-star in the east?
    Rose, Williams, Rondo, Wall, Billups, Stuckey, and Collison are all better in my opinion. And hell I’d even put Jrue Holiday and Kyrie Irving above Jennings. Sorry.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    John Wall is better then Brandon Jennings. Not too mention as a reserve he has to compete with shooting guards. No chance

  • T-Money

    John Wall average 16 and 8 with 2 steals in his first year – that’s better than Rose’s first year. He’s a true pg, Jennings didn’t even average 5 assists a game last year. Jennings can’t shoot from the outside and shoots below 50% at the rim – that is INSANELY BAD, as in worst finisher in the entire league. Yeah, he can cross guys up and has a bit of flair to his game but there’s no substance there. Beno Udrih will have his spot before the season is over.

  • MUBWAR

    stupidest comment of the day goes to the seed. Wall had a mediocre rookie season(in my eyes) and he still outclassed Brandon in every category.

  • Kadavour

    Jennings’ game is similar to Wall’s in terms of how they handle the ball, but other than that, Wall has him beat in terms of basketball IQ, passing ability, and physical attributes. And as of now, Wall isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, so they both have a ways to go. Wall gets the nod though. Also, Russell Westbrook is NOT a POINT GUARD. please take him out of that discussion. THANKS.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Ya’ll are being to hard on the kid. He’s overrated? How/where is he rated? top 10 pg in the league. Sounds about right. He has a couple things to work on, but your letting the fact that Rose, Cp3, Westbrook, Wall are so friggin good that it makes Brandon look bad. Realistically he just needs to become stronger( = better finisher, better defender.) Give him a couple years and he’s right there with Wall and Irving on the outside tier of good PG. Allstar this year? No. Next couple years? Yup.

  • http://www.Slamonline.com Slick Ric

    @ t-money, not really.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Dude has never cracked 40 percent from the field and he doesn’t do anything exceptionally well.
    He should be criticized. You can’t shoot that poorly, and only average 5 assists per game, and only be average on defense. He needs to step it up by first finishing with contact at the rim, then by becoming more consistent with the jumper.
    His lack of finishing at the rim is crazy to be honest.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Lakeshow hes overrated when you or anyone says he’s a top 10 point guard.

  • anonymous

    Forget comparing him to the young PGs, he isn’t close to the level of vets like Nash or Kidd yet.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    There’s no way Jennings’ a top-10 PG, no way. I still would take grandpas JKidd and AMiller over dude.
    Top-10 PGs go something like this (in no particular order); CPaul, DRose, DWill, Nash, JKidd, Westbrook, JWall, Rondo, SCurry and TP.
    Jennings needs to improve his strength, shot, finishing ability, ability to run a team, passing skills, shot selection, hell, dude needs to improve his entire game.

  • seriousblack

    B Jenning has 2 seasons under his belt, one of which he had a real injury, and you dudes are calling the kid overrated? And what’s up with the idiots claiming Rondo and Rose are going to be better than Wall? He has one season under his belt. How are you comparing those dudes right now against his ONE season? Do you fools know how to make decent arguments? I agree that he is already better than Jennings but as T-Money said, his rookie season was better than than all of those guy’s rookie seasons individually. He’s more physically gifted than all of them, so how exactly will those other dudes be better than him if he keeps improving his weaknesses? Rose-peddlers hating on Jennings and Wall as usual.

  • seriousblack

    My last few sentences were about Wall, not Jennings.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I believe he is equally good to anyone you have at the 8 or 9 spot of PG’s. Who you got round there? If he shoots around 45% this year and gets over 5 assists per game. Ya, he is rounding out the top 10. In the next couple years, yes, he will be a top 10 PG.

  • T-Money

    Why is Wall not the sharpest tool in the shed?! He really seemed like a natureal at the PG spot when I watched Washington a few times last year. There seems to be a stigma with ultra athletic poing guards that they are necessarily “combo” guards that can’t run a team. Wall is a point, through and trhough.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    No he won’t, LakeShow. Cause others that are on the outside of the top ten looking in while overtake him, unless he seriously improves his game.

  • doyouwantmore

    If Rajon Rondo is a poor-man’s D Rose, and Russel Westbrook is a poor man’s Rajon Rondo, then what does that make Brandon Jennings if he’s a poor man’s Russel Westbrook?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @seriousblack – I’m not seeing where anyone said Rose was gonna be better than Wall for the long-term?
    I’m a huge Rose fan and I even said myself months ago that Wall has a legit chance to become the best point guard in the NBA, better than Rose even, which is high praise considering Rose won the MVP.
    As for Jennings, you can call that hating if you want. I call it calling a spade a spade. Dude sucks.

  • flipnoyce

    Some of you are being too harsh on the kid.FYI, He helped the Bucks get into the playoffs in his second year(which has been dormant since JESUS SHUTTLESWORTH was in the building). Had an outburst scoring who became the youngest player to score 55 points as a rookie and he still just at a tender age of 21. Those who do not see a potential on this kid is in serious denial! Comparing him to other point guards doesn’t justify his capabilities as a player. All the other point guards mention above has their own strengths and downfall. I remember last year when DRose said he plans to be an MVP and most of you laugh like it was a joke, but guess WHAT people DRose became that dude. So I guess trying to make an all star is not that far off. All Jennings have to do is will himself to improvements.

  • Rainman

    lmao The Seed: Making himself look stupid, again.

  • Rainman

    BOOK IT!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Ya, i feel like im arguing unneccarily at this point. Your probably right it’s just hard to see a kid with so much talent not put it together, but i think he still has a chance. Everyone is crying about his fg% (rightfully so) but our league MVP shoots what? 2%-3% better than him. He needs to improve everything, but I think he will improve on everything. Don’t worry i’ll be around here in 2-3 years to get made fun of, or make fun of ya’ll for doubting haha.

  • LP

    why is Kyrie Irving even being mentioned AT ALL???? He is in the midst of playing like 10 games in 2 years if this lookout continues, along with what happened last year…

  • LP

    *lockout

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    ^^ Cause he is gunna be good…

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Well just look at Mo Williams compared to Jennings Lakeshow. Then look at Devin Harris. Jennings is probably around 15ish I am in California on my phone so im not really trying to compile a list, Jennings definitely has the potential, but performance wise he is quite poor and not really in the top 10 debate, let alone the all star debate.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    No, actually Derrick Rose was at 43 percent from the field.
    That’s like 6 percentage points better than what Brandon Jennings did in both seasons. That’s on some Bob Cousy type ish as far as shooting percentages.
    It would be different if he was like Kidd or Miller, a pure passer. Or a lockdown defender like Kidd was in his heyday. Instead, dude is not a great passer, and is only decent on defense. I’m not saying he’s garbage, he has flashes, but he’s crazy inconsistent, adn there is no reason he shouldn’t finish better at the rim.

  • seriousblack

    Enigmatic: I’m only referring to the dudes basically bashing Wall. Your opinion of him is pretty objective. As far as Jennings is concerned, I just don’t see how you all are counting him out after two seasons. Him not being top 10 at this point in his career can’t be counted against him. He’s had an injury plagued second season in a league where his posiition is the deepest.

  • AD

    im readn all dese comments and all i see is hate but other pgs as well… ya mean to tell me that drose is better than cp3 and dwill and john wall is better than jennings cmon son ya are crazy

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @AD – no one’s mentioning CP3 (at least I’m not) cause dude plays in the West, so he won’t factor into whether Jennings makes the ASG or not.
    As for Jennings vs. Wall, you tell me who has the better career stats:
    15.8 ppg, 5.3 apg, 3.6 rpg, 1.6 spg, 37% FG
    OR
    16.4 ppg, 8.3 apg, 4.6 rpg, 1.8 spg, 40& FG
    John Wall is better across the board.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    You don’t even need to show stats. Wall is obviously better than Jennings. Really Jennings shot 37%? Wow… hmm. Okay well I still think he’s gunna be good!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Jennings has to beat out a lot of cats to make the all star game.

  • seriousblack

    I forgot DWill is in the East now. Damn. I still think Jennings is going to be a really good pg but with Rose, DWill, and Rondo he definitely won’t start an ASG. Simply making it to the game will be a long shot. But DWill is living proof that not making the ASG doesn’t mean you’re not elite at your position.

  • BillyQ

    Seed needs to lay off the crack! BOOK IT!

  • JL

    People are only hard on Jennings cuz 1 he’s not a very good player, just a average PG at the end of the day (low FG% plus low assists and not much defense). But he wants to portray himself as an allstar. Ok… good luck kid.

  • http://www.Slamonline.com Slick Ric

    44 percent allenp, and @seriousblack no.

  • http://www.Slamonline.com Slick Ric

    @ ad, absolutely

  • http://www.yomamajokes.com LilKDub503

    What do the comments tell me? That as fans, we all win, because we get to see about 10 great PGs run the floor. Whoever you rank or whatever, make no mistake that we are entering a golden age of the point guard (if they start winning titles.) Rose, Wall, Irving, Jennings, Deron Williams, Westbrook (if he passed the ball), Evans (even though he plays more 2), Paul, Rondo. All have different styles and will define the position for years to come. Once they get this CBA done, the league is gonna be fun to watch.

  • http://www.yomamajokes.com LilKDub503

    And remember last year when Rose said “Why can’t I be MVP?” Let’s not fight a determined guy with great work ethic.

  • AD

    irving hasnt played yet tho why is he mentioned……………….. lilkdub503

  • manu

    how cn u say stephen currys better when jeninngs dropped 55 on his a**

  • jarrett

    i came too late to the conversation in the comments section, but why are all you guys hating on Brandon Jennings. He can make an all star game, but he’s got some work ahead of him, and better players right now at the pg in the east. I think the rankings in the east are D.Will > Rose > Rondo > then everything else is debatable. Either way the east all star team should look something like this : Starters — Rose Wade Lebron Carmelo Dwight. Bench should look like this (7spots left) — D. Will STAT Rondo Pierce KG Bosh JoeJ and Noah (over Horford)…. IMO John Wall & Brandon Jennings doesnt make the cut

  • JL

    @manu steph is better overall. more consistent and better potential (held back by Monta). Jennings scored 55 one game. and had a hot month or two then shot bad enough to bring his FG% down lower than 40%. Not good at all.

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

    Translation: “It’s time for me to start passing the ball”

  • TSmoove

    I like Jennings a lot but I think people are forgetting that you not only have to be one of the best point guards in your conference but also one of the best guards in your conference. Point Guard and Shooting guard are combined on All Star teams remember Kobe and T-Mac started on the West for I think 2 or 3 yrs. So he’s also competing with the likes of D.Wade, Ray Allen an so forth. But let the man work. At least he’s setting goals for himself.

  • AD

    but he can be an all star and not not make the all star gm…….. that game is nothing but a popularity contest

  • Tlvince

    The kid needs help, how about somebody on Bucks who can make open jumpers??? Stephen Jackson should help and I’m saying look out if BJ gets more muscles. He has clutchness built in and he is a guy who the bigger the stage or game, the better he plays. Its proven, look at his career.

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