On this day 27 years ago, Brandon Jennings was born in Compton, California. The newest member of the New York Knicks has had quite a winding NBA career, starting with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2009 when he was drafted tenth overall.
That same year, at just 20-years and 52-days old, Jennings erupted for 55 points against the Golden State Warriors on November 19. It was Milwaukee’s seventh game of the year, and the Bucks came out with a 129-125 victory. In the history of the NBA, Jennings stands as the youngest player ever to record a 50-point game.
In just 41 minutes, Jennings torched the Warriors to the tune of 21/34 shooting including 7/8 from three; he added five rebounds and five assists to go along with it. A night with remarkable efficiency is seldom seen from Jennings, who developed a reputation as a destitute volume shooter.
For his career, Jennings is a 39 percent shooter overall, with his best season coming in 2011-12 with a percentage of 41.8. Nevertheless, the Knicks saw something in him, and he’ll be competing with Derrick Rose for minutes this season. For just $5 million, Phil Jackson was able to sign a decent backup point guard who brings great energy and can contribute in the scoring column.
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