Former first-round draft pick Brandon Jennings is back in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks and is on the verge of logging in a triple-double in his first game back. As posted on the NBA Twitter account, the 28-year-old Jennings has notched 11 points, seven assists, five rebounds in just 10 minutes.
Brandon Jennings is on #TripleDoubleWatch in the 2nd quarter!
11 PTS, 7 AST, 5 REB in just 10 minutes played.#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/Ysk2RAFCV3
— NBA (@NBA) March 13, 2018
Jennings was drafted 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks back in 2009. He was touted to be one of the next big stars in the league upon entry. In just his 7th game as a rookie, Jennings unloaded 55 points against fellow rookie Stephen Curry on November 14, 2009.
Per ESPN, Jennings' 55 points was also the most points scored by a rookie since Earl Monroe had 56 on Feb. 13, 1968, and the second-most by a player under the age of 21. It was second to LeBron James 56-point effort on March 20, 2006.
However, since that big night, Brandon Jennings has not really proven the potential he possesses. He has jumped from team-to-team in his basketball. He has played for the Bucks, the Pistons, the Magic, the Knicks, the Wizards, and also had a stint overseas throughout the course of his career.
Somewhere along the way, he has found his way back to the NBA, where he signed a 10-day contract with the Bucks. His stay in the NBA is highly dependent on his performance over the next few days.
But history says that players who have signed-on to short-term contracts have eventually moved on to longer-term contracts. Jennings is not an exception. Though his days as a young and athletic athlete have long been over, there might be a lot left in the tank inside Jennings.