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Only one word can describe Jennings' upside

Here's a scary thought about Brandon Jennings, he of the recent double-nickel.

"He's what I call a developing shooter," Bucks assistant coach Kelvin Sampson said by phone earlier this week. "We are still working on his release, his follow through, his arch, everything. His fundamentals are getting better. The good thing about Brandon is that he's a willing learner."

From his 55-point performance against the Warriors last week, in which he went 21-for-34 from the field and hit seven of eight 3s, it's hard to imagine Jennings' shot getting better. But Sampson, who works with Jennings closely before and after practice, says there's no telling how good he can get.

"His upside is ridiculous," Sampson said.

And yet, as late as the preseason, even the Bucks didn't realize just how good Jennings was going to be.

"There was a scrimmage, late in training camp," Sampson related. "Where Brandon just took over. No one on our team could stop him. He had his way on the court and we (the coaches) just looked at each other and said, 'This kid is special.'"

At the time, seven-year veteran Luke Ridnour was playing well enough to make head coach Scott Skiles and his staff wonder who would be the team's starter. After that scrimmage, though, the Bucks handed the keys to Jennings.

"A guy like him, you give the reins," said teammate Andrew Bogut, who has benefited from Jennings' running of the team to the tune of 15.5 points and 9.0 boards per game. "There's no point having a guy like Brandon and keeping a tight leash on him. The thing about coach is he gives you that freedom, but he's still gonna teach and try to help you through mistakes and tell you when you're doing things wrong, but at the same time give you that free rein of running the ballclub."

Sampson says a lot of the credit for Jennings' early success -- he's first among rookies (eighth among all players) in scoring with a 25.5 point average and assists with 5.5 per game -- should fall squarely on Skiles.

"Scott knows how to utilize Brandon," Sampson said. "He knows what Brandon's strengths are and how to get the most out of him. Scott's smart enough to adjust the team to what Brandon does well. He's been given a lot of freedom and he's really thriving in that situation."

http://www.nba.com/2009/news/features/11/18/rookies.week3/index.html


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Alot of the old users used

Alot of the old users used to say stuff like Jennings would be a headcase and he's too raw to contribute immediately......not to mention the teams that passed him, some with pressing needs at his position (cough; Knicks). I always knew Jennings would be a great player and I always had him winning R.O.Y, but how fast he's become this great admittingly has me beat. But I agree with Coach Sampson, his jumper is improvable, but it's wayyyy better than everyone thought.

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"A guy like him, you give

"A guy like him, you give the reins," said teammate Andrew Bogut, who has benefited from Jennings' running of the team to the tune of 15.5 points and 9.0 boards per game. "There's no point having a guy like Brandon and keeping a tight leash on him. The thing about coach is he gives you that freedom, but he's still gonna teach and try to help you through mistakes and tell you when you're doing things wrong, but at the same time give you that free rein of running the ballclub."

Coach Skiles has a lot to do with his early contributions
how many other coaches would have done the same thing?

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I still cant believe how

I still cant believe how good he is ecspecially his jumper....To me the Knicks passing on him is almost as unforgivable as anything Isiah Thomas ever did....and thats saying a great deal

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it seems he's in the perfect

it seems he's in the perfect situation. i wish they would have taken bayless last year over alexander maybe we could also see how good he could really be

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The question is in New York

The question is in New York would he have the same freedom as he now does in Milwaukee?

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The question is in New York

The question is in New York would he have the same freedom as he now does in Milwaukee?

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He'd be a great fit for

He'd be a great fit for their transition offense, especially over a half-court and true 3rd stringer like Duhon. He may not have had the 55 point game, but he would have a whole bunch of assists in that offense. Anyone who saw the Jordan game and/or Mickey D's All-America games knows how spectacular he is in transition sets...

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Jennings has gotten off to a

Jennings has gotten off to a great start and clearly has a lot of upside, but we now live in a basketball world where people are predicting outcomes within less than ten games lol... You can't predict the future based on ten games.

Kobe Bryant's (13th pick) first ten games weren't as hot as Allen Iverson's (1st pick), Marcus Camby's (2nd pick), Shareef Abdur-Rahim's (3rd pick), Stephon Marbury's (4th pick), Ray Allen's (5th pick), Antoine Walker's (6th pick) or Kerry Kittles' (8th pick). Whoever would've guessed after ten games that Kobe Bryant would've been the best player out of the 1996 draft class and one of the greatest players our game has ever seen?

Whoever would've thought little Steve Nash from Santa Clara (15th pick) would have a better career than the super talented point guard from New York, Stephon Marbury? As a matter of fact, where is that Marbury right now?

Wow... Jermaine O'Neal (17th pick) was burried on the bench for four years in Portland... I guess he ended up being a bust.

What about that young kid from overseas, Peja Stojakovic (14th pick)? Is he still in the league? Somebody just told me he's had a 13 year career averaging 18 points and shooting 40% from 3-point. Wow... Whoever would've guessed that after ten games?

Stop prediciting the future so early people...

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But those are worse case

But those are worse case scenario's...who has ever started this great and been a flop in the NBA? I think it's going to be hard to imagine Jennings not being an excellent player in the NBA.

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What I said isn't necesarily

What I said isn't necesarily a shot at Jennings. I think it's highly unlikely that he flops. I just think it's silly to question every selection, other than Griffin, made before him, just because he's had an amazing ten games. Kobe and Nash's first ten games weren't amazing either. Who knew Steve Nash would go down as one of the greatest point guards in NBA history after his first ten games? Hasheem Thabeet, James Harden, Tyreke Evans, Ricky Rubio, Jonny Flynn, Stephen Curry, Jordan Hill, DeMar DeRozan or some other player drafted below Jennings may turn out great. Who knows? Each player is in different situations and you can't predict their futures all because one guy has busted through the gate to start the season.

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tru..the same i even more

tru..the same i even more true with highschool and college player..how can ome of ya'll say for sure wall or favors or harrison barnes will go to the nba and be stars??..you just cant do it

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Let me tell you this

Nobody, I mean, Nobody talks about the Bucks before this season started... Nobody really cared and most of the NBA fans forgot that they're an NBA team because of its low marketability... Even the Chinese Government tried to avoid letting Yi Jianlian get drafted by the Bucks but with immense failure... Heck, when Richard Jefferson was traded to Milwaukee, Gilbert Arenas laugh it all out in his blog and said "nobody wants to play in Milwaukee"... If you live in Milwaukee, that had to hurt... But the emergence of one Brandon Jennings had everybody talking about the Bucks now... I can see threads talking all about Brandon Jennings, devoted to Brandon Jennings etc... It's a phenomena that brought the Bucks back to where they were early in the 70's and 80's... They had no idea that Jennings would be this good...

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