Sunday, November 15, 2009

Brandon Jennings Drops 55

The NBA has not seen a scoring barrage like this from a rookie since the late 1960's. Here is a breakdown of the most points scored in a game by a rookie in NBA history:
58: Wilt Chamberlain (January 1960 and February 1960).
57: Rick Barry (December 1965).
56: Earl Monroe (February 1968).
55: Brandon Jennings (Saturday, November 14, 2009), Wilt Chamberlain (November 1959) and Elgin Baylor (February 1959).

Jennings became the third player in Milwaukee Bucks history to score more than 50 points in a game, joining Michael Redd and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Jennings' 55 points is the second highest single game point total in franchise history, Michael Redd holds the record with 57. You have to see it to believe it, check out Jennings' shot chart: here.

The Bucks are only seven games into the season but Brandon Jennings is forcing the national media to cover a team that most writers picked to be the worst team in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks lucked out starting with a relatively light schedule to start the season; the Bucks are tied with Indiana for the least games played. The Bucks are also one of only four teams to be undefeated at home so far this season (others are Atlanta, Phoenix and Denver). There is a long NBA season ahead but if Brandon Jennings is involved in 75 more games then people are going to tune in just in case.

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