Last year, many were wondering if Brandon Jennings' one-year excursion in Europe was a failure. While he was earning a million-dollar salary, which he couldn't have gotten with a U.S. college, he struggled just to get in the game and hardly looked impressive when he did. Now, after just eight games in the NBA, people are once again discussing his trip to Europe, only this time people are wondering if Jennings' trip was a brilliant move that could be repeated in the future.
Through eight games, Jennings has led the Bucks in scoring six games -- making him the first rookie since Grant Hill to lead his team in scoring in six of his team's first eight games. He is currently eighth in the league in scoring (25.5 per game), behind only Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki. He is already the quickest player in NBA history to score 50 points in a game, only the second player (along with LeBron) to score 55 before he turned 21, and is just the fifth rookie ever to score 55 in a game. The previous four players to do that -- Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Rick Barry, and Earl Monroe -- all won the rookie of the year award. And his 17-point, nine-rebound, nine-assist NBA debut was the closest a player came to achieving a triple-double in his first game since Oscar Robertson, who produced a 21-10-12 performance back in 1960.
Suffice to say, Jennings has been phenomenal. Usually it takes great players at least a few years to ease into superstardom; when a player is great immediatley, ala LeBron and Duncan and Shaq, you know you got someone special on your hands. Now that the Bucks have a healthy left-handed superstar who they can pay on the cheap for a few years, it makes you wonder what they're going to do with Michael Redd, who makes a preposterous $17 million this year. Will the Bucks try to trade Redd, or will they keep with him for at least another season with the hope that for once he'll actually stay healthy?