Ever since Brandon Jennings burst on the scene as the top recruit in the class of 2008, it has been impossible to ignore the talent and personality that he brings to the court. Jennings has been the best rookie in the NBA this season, averaging an impressive 18.2 points and 6.0 assists. With his ability to get to the rim and hit shots from the perimeter, Jennings has drawn some comparisons to a young Allen Iverson. This comparison grew even more valid after Jennings scored 55 points in a win over Golden State.
The Trail Blazers saw how difficult of a match up Jennings can be when these teams played in Milwaukee earlier this season. In a thrilling encounter, the Bucks emerged victorious in double overtime behind the first double-double (18 points and 11 assists) of Jennings' career.
"It was a good game," Jennings said with a smile. "That's when they had Steve Blake, and Brandon Roy, he played a helluva game. That type of game, you just have to hope that you come out with the win and get a key stop."
What makes this match up so intriguing is the different styles of play that these teams tend to use. With the Trail Blazers trying to use more of a half court offense, Jennings will look to push the tempo every chance he gets.
"I'm going to try to use my speed tonight and just push the ball up the floor," Jennings explained. "I'm trying to make plays, trying to get in the lane, and try to make things happen for the other players."
Much of the intrigue that surrounds Jennings comes from the fact that he was the first guy to skip college and go and play in Europe. While it certainly wasn't an ideal transition, Jennings does credit the experience for making him the player he is today.
"I think not getting the chance to play," Jennings credits for his success this season. "I was able to just work on my game and dedicate my life to basketball every day."
Over the past month, Brandon Roy is playing at an All-NBA level. Jennings admits that slowing down Roy will be incredibly difficult.
"Just make him take tough shots," Jennings said shaking his head. "When he is making them, he is making them. He is a great player and great players are going to make shots. The main things is just to show help and make him make contested shots."
While his play on the court has been spectacular, Jennings has also received some attention for his use of Twitter. After getting fined earlier in the season by the NBA, Jennings has officially given up Twitter because of the attention his latest tweeting has drawn.
"It was a fake page, I heard" Jennings said of the twitter trash-talk he had with Lakers point guard Jordan Farmar. "I deleted my Twitter, so I'm off Twitter right now.....Thanks to the guy from Yahoo." (Yahoo article on Jennings and Twitter