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Jennings doesn't care about ROY trophy

Mar 11, 2010, 5:37 PM EDT

After the first month of the season, onetime international man of mystery Brandon Jennings appeared to have the rookie of the year award absolutely locked up. Jennings was raining slingshot threes in from everywhere on the court, getting wherever he wanted with his dribble, and proving that he had the passing acumen to run the point for Scott Skiles. In the month of January, Jennings averaged 22 points a game, made nearly half of his threes, and went off for 55 points against the Golden State Warriors.

Since that time, things have changed. Jennings’ outside shot went cold, and when that happened it became apparent that Jennings still has serious weaknesses in his game, like most rookies do. In particular, Jennings’ occasionally questionable shot selection and difficulty finishing inside or drawing fouls caused his points per game and field goal percentages to plummet. In the month of February, Jennings averaged 10.7 points per game while shooting an abysmal 30.7% from the field.

Meanwhile, fellow rookie point guards Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry have put together fabulous rookie seasons on struggling teams, and are widely considered the heavy favorites to win the rookie of the year trophy.

While Evans and Curry continue to put up stellar stat lines on rebuilding teams (well, the Kings are rebuilding — the Warriors are kind of a disaster), Jennings’ Bucks are in the playoff hunt, thanks in no small part to Jennings’ ability to run the offense and his chemistry on the pick-and-roll with Andrew Bogut, who is having easily the best season of his career.

When Jennings compared his season to the rookie campaigns of Evans and Curry, he didn’t mince words. According to the most recent rookie rankings on NBA.com, Jennings was recently quoted saying the following:

“Right now, I’m playing for something bigger. I don’t even care about the Rookie of the Year. Forget it. Whoever gets it, who cares? Both of their teams suck, so whoever gets it, it doesn’t matter.”

It’s nice to see that Jennings is focused on team success instead of individual accolades at this early stage in his career. Jennings hasn’t been afraid to speak his mind ever since he got into the national spotlight, and his feelings about the ROY award definitely reflect that. I think it’s possible for Jennings to make it clear that the playoffs are his first priority without denigrating the seasons Evans and Curry are having, but it’s always refreshing to see straight talk and a focus on winning from a budding NBA player.

  1. Robj - Mar 11, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Of course he cares about Rookie of the Year.
    There’s no player in any sport who doesn’t care about individual accolades. You may care about team success MORE, but you’d still love to be an All-Star, be voted MVP, lead the league in something, or be named to the Hall of Fame.
    I think he was frustrated by his slump and let his immaturity show.

  2. sameer - Mar 11, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    John Krolik – Dude you need some medical attention cos this post is probably one of the most retarded posts I have ever seen. Not to forget you blind love for Jennings. That’s totally immature for calling out the other rookies who are faaaar better than him. It goes to show that he was just jealous and burned from the fact that he could have actually got it if he was in a fairytale like he was a for a month. Every rookie has had a good season other than Thabeet(I hope he will in the future) but seriously dude – The way he is playing, his useless dumba** statements dont even make any sense. Sorry for the harsh comments but seriously when you write articles you should leave out your silly love for other player cos they would make you look Silly.
    Best of luck :)

  3. Jay - Mar 11, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    The Rookie of the Year Award is overrated seriously. I much rather be in a playoff race than win that silly meaningless award. Curry an undersized two guard who does not get his team involved and Evans does not pass enough to be a true point guard.

  4. FunkDoc - Mar 11, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Seriously!? Dude can’t even make layups, he definitely has a lot more to worry about. He’s all hype and he got caught up in it, fact.

  5. Ryan - Mar 12, 2010 at 4:40 AM

    Jay, do some homework. On the 2009 Lakers nobody averaged more than 4.9 assists per game, and their “true” point guard Mr. Fisher barely averaged 3 assists per game. Last I saw they held a championship parade in the Summer of ’09. Keep looking back and you’ll find that Evans ranks up there with the best in his position on all the championship teams. That being said, your point would be relevant if the award was “Point Guard of The Year”.

  6. Bill - Mar 12, 2010 at 6:58 AM

    Seriously, Jay, when you make comments like that it just proves that you’re not watching any Kings games and are pulling your stats out your ass. Tyreke is constantly trying to get his teammates involved and is running the offense as well as many veteran point guards. What’s really funny to me is that if you had watched any of the games you’d see that the number of “blown assists” by his teammates is really quite a high number. Just wait till he has some real talent around him and watch his assists totals take a huge jump.

  7. pooplips - Mar 12, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    hey sad SACs & weak Warriors…
    Jennings is surrounded by similar talent as is Curry & Tyrek, right? Jennings runs the offense, right? his team which almost nobody believed in is headed for the playoffs, right?
    where is your team? wrong, you team does suck.

  8. brett johnson - Mar 12, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Why are we even arguing about the kings. They are totally meaningless on the NBA landscape. Don’t get me wrong, I love them as much as the next guy, just saying they are terrible, always have been and always will be. They should really start playing the “lovable losers” card.
    go kingsies

  9. sameer - Mar 19, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    mr pooplips
    You are right curry and jennings are surrounded by the same mount of talent. Only most of that talent is on the bench especially in the case of curry (Biedrins, Randolph, Turiaf, Wright, Azubuike, Radmanovic,Raja Bell). If all of these played Warriors for Sure would have been a better team than Milwaukee.

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