Brandon Jennings is playing some very nice basketball for the Milwaukee Bucks. If you leave out the Boston game, where Rajon Rondo ate him up, he’s had a superb month. His Marginal Win Score is on the verge of going positive, which I didn’t think was possible about a month ago.
He continues to play excellent defense (for which he gets ZERO credit) and since Salmons arrived he’s pulled back on some of his stupider shot attempts.
The Indiana game provides an excellent example. Most would look at Jennings Sunday matinee 8 point, 8 assist, 5 rebound game as a pretty humdrum effort. Actually it wasn’t. According to me, it was the best effort of any Milwaukee Buck player.
First off, with Jennings on the floor, the Indiana point guards were not very efficient at all, recording one net WS point during Jennings 28.5 minutes of action. Pretty solid “harassment”, if you will, of the opposition.
Now look at Jennings own production. He recorded 20 let’s call them “positives” — 8 points (+8), 3 steals (+3), 5 rebounds (+5), and 8 assists (+4). At the same time, he tallied only 10.5 “negatives” — 7 field goal attempts (-7), 1 free throw attempt (-0.5), 2 turnovers (-2), and 2 personal fouls (-1).
All in all then, the young Buck went “Bango” (as Ted Davis says) to the tune of +9.5 net “positive” stats, or what are called Win Score points, which means his Marginal Win Score was +8.5, which is very, very good. And on Sunday it was the best of any Bucks player.
This is good news because if the Bucks play the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, Jennings will have to at least blunt the production of Rajon Rondo. There is little chance he will be able to best Rondo, at least not consistently, because Rondo is the most productive point guard in the NBA. But he will need to at least blunt his marginal advantage if the Bucks are to advance. And, to that end, its good to see him putting together some efficient performances of late. He can’t be going 7-for-30, or whatever he was shooting pre-Salmons, against a player like Rondo, or the Bucks haven’t a chance.