Brandon Jennings is the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Not bad for a guy who got outplayed by another Brandon — Brandon Knight — in a game from that week.
From the NBA’s press release:
Jennings averaged 24.5 points and 6.5 assists per game while shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc in leading the Bucks to a 3-1 week. He led or co-led the Bucks in scoring in all four games, and his 24.5 points per contest was the second best average in the conference during the week.
So, yes, he did have a crummy game against Detroit, and not much of a first half against Toronto. But for the rest of the week, Jennings played really well and the Bucks hauled three wins that they needed badly.
The Bucks now have a total of three Player of the Week awards on the season, the two by Jennings plus one by Monta Ellis.
The other nominees for the weekly East award were Brooklyn’s Deron Williams, Indiana’s David West, and Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic.
The question for Jennings now is: Does two POTW awards equal one All-Star berth? Jennings has never made an All-Star team, and if his recent February performances are any indication, he seems to take the omissions rather badly. He won’t get in by the fan vote; Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo are shoe-ins to get the two starting spots based on early voting results. But he may just sneak in as a coaches’ selection. Deron Williams is one competitor for a guard spot, as are Kyrie Irving, Raymond Felton, and Jrue Holiday.