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Brandon Jennings says “it’s time to become an all-star”

Jul 18, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

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Brandon Jennings has been good. After skipping college to go play professionally in Europe not everyone was convinced he could be a team leader over here, but he started out on fire and had an impressive rookie season.

But injuries slowed him last season — he missed 19 games and was never quite right. He still put up numbers that were a slight improvement on the season before, but he didn’t make a leap forward. His jump shot was still inconsistent (32 percent from three) and his assist percentage was down slightly. His slide and problems mirrored a tough season in Milwaukee.

This summer he is getting healthy and told the Journal Sentinel he plans to make the leap next season.

“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.”

That Jennings is putting in the time this summer is a good sign for Bucks fans.

But All Star? Let’s run through the point guards in the East he would need to beat out: Derrick Rose, Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo, John Wall, Chauncey Billups. That is one tough nut to crack.

Jennings is going to have to make a real leap — and the Buck are going to have to improve and win more games to get people’s attention. But it’s a good goal. One should have lofty goals.

  1. edmazeing1 - Jul 18, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    I feel Brandon could be all star (how u ask) by being allen iverson of late 90s early 00, if brandon can put up over 35 to 40 shots a game & avg around 30 points a game why not?

  2. jthammerstix - Jul 18, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    John wall? No problem.

  3. gregjennings85 - Jul 18, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    I like it. Aim for All-Star status, and we will crack the top 4 in the East.

  4. zackd2 - Jul 18, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Time to shoot over 40% kid

  5. zrbk - Jul 18, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Wade and Rose will be the starters. Rondo will definitely be an All-Star. Jennings needs to beat Deron and Wall in order to sneak into the roster. It’s gonna be tough. But hey, the kid scored 53 points in a game as a rookie.

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