A recent report out of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer has declared 21-year-old Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings on the trading block. This from CBS’s Eye on Basketball blog:
The biggest issue for Milwaukee last season is that they simply couldn’t score the ball efficiently, ranking dead last in the NBA in offensive efficiency. Fixing that predicament generally begins with an assessment of the point guard situation, and while Jennings is incredibly crafty off the dribble his tendency to take ill-advised three-pointers when he averaged just 32.3% from deep is an efficiency killer. His assist numbers also fell — to 4.8 assists per game — and Milwaukee was ranked in the bottom five for assist rate, a fact that speaks to their lack of quality looks.
Without gushing too greatly over the Knicks prospective of obtaining such a talented yet enigmatic point guard for their future, let me first say that the chances of this happening are slim to none. Not just for the Knicks but for anyone. Why Milwaukee would give up on a player as young and gifted as Jennings makes such little sense, it all but discredits the report entirely. Yes, Brandon Jennings had a rough sophomore season (so troubling in fact, Jennings improved his game by almost every measure of advanced statistics from his rookie year; most notably PER, true shooting percentage, and turnover rate), but there’s something special about his game. He was hurt for most of the year and so were his teammates, most namely their quintessential big man, Andrew Bogut (for reasons we won’t get into).
Unfortunately the Knicks have practically nothing to offer—the best possible move I can think of would be packaging Douglas, Fields, and Rautins, but that wouldn’t be ripe enough from the Bucks perspective—and overpaying for such an unpredictable player who has little to no experience leading a team deep in the postseason could blow up in Walsh’s face. The Knicks would be better off constructing a time machine, heading back to draft night two years ago, and pleasing their fan base by taking Jennings over Jordan Hill. That’d make it right.
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