Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings is having the best statistical season of his career and is ranked among the top players in the NBA. These reasons and more are why he deserves to be named an All-Star reserve.
In 21 games this season, Jennings has averaged 20.5 points 3.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game while converting 43.8% of his shots from the field and 38.0% from behind the arc. Among point guards he ranks fourth in points, 14th in rebounds, 18th in assists, eighth in steals, 11th in blocks and first in three pointers made per game.
Jennings is also only one of seven players to average more than 20 points, three rebounds and five assists in a game. The other six players he is in company with are Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams and Dwyane Wade.
It is easy to look at the Bucks record and say that since they are 10-11 a player should not be able to qualify as an All-Star. However, the real question that should be asked is this, where would Milwaukee be if Jennings was not on the team giving a top performance every night? Not to mention, the quality teams the Bucks have defeated. Milwaukee is the only team in the league to face the Miami Heat twice and come out victorious both times. They have also beaten the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets.
One of the players Jennings is competing against for a spot is Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics. Rondo has been injured this season and therefore has only been able to play in 13 games. In those starts, he has averaged 15 points, 5.1 rebounds and 9.4 assists per game with a 1.1 higher efficiency rating. It is hard to say whether Rondo’s numbers would be up or down if he played the same 21 games Jennings has but either way I still do not believe he deserves the nod.
All-Stars are reserved for not only the best players but how they affect their team. Without Jennings the Bucks would be nowhere near as good as they are as we have already discussed. It is clear that when he steps out on the court he instantly makes everyone around him better. Jennings makes his teammates believe they have a fighting chance to win the game, even when they are down 18 points to the defending Eastern Conference champions.
This season, Jennings has been everything an All-Star should be and then some which is why he deserves to be named one of the reserves tonight.