BRANDON BYRON JENNINGS (born September 23, 1989) is an American
professional basketball player for the
Shanxi Brave Dragons
* 1 Early life
* 1.1 High school career * 1.2 College plans
* 2 Professional career
* 2.1 Italy (2008–2009) * 2.2 2009 NBA draft
* 2.3 Milwaukee Bucks (2009–2013)
* 2.3.1 2009–10 season: Rookie season * 2.3.2 2010–11 season * 2.3.3 2011–12 season * 2.3.4 2012–13 season
* 2.4 Detroit Pistons (2013–2016)
* 2.4.1 2013–14 season * 2.4.2 2014–15 season * 2.4.3 2015–16 season
* 3 Career statistics
* 3.1 NBA
* 3.1.1 Regular season * 3.1.2 Playoffs
* 3.2 Euroleague
* 4 Awards * 5 Records * 6 Personal life * 7 References * 8 External links
Jennings was born in Compton, California to Alice Knox. He has a half brother named Terrence Phillips. His father died when he was young.
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Jennings attended Dominguez High School in Compton, California for his freshman and sophomore year. Before his junior year, Jennings transferred to powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia . In his last year of high school, Jennings averaged 35.5 points per game and set the school record for points in a season (1,312). This performance earned him some of high school basketball's most prestigious awards: the 2008 Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award , 2007–08 Gatorade Player of the Year (Virginia), 2008 Parade Magazine Player of the Year and 2008 EA Sports Player of the Year. He led his 2006–2007 team to a 41–1 record and the top ranking in the USA Today Super 25 list of high school teams. He was rated as the nation's #1 high school basketball prospect in the class of 2008 by Scout.com , the #1 prospect in the ESPNU 150, and the #4 prospect by Rivals.com .
In August 2006, he chose to attend USC . On April 24, 2007, he
decided instead to join the Arizona Wildcats , citing Arizona's
quality academic faculty and his desire to play with
Jerryd Bayless .
(Bayless left after one season to enter the 2008
NBA draft .) In
SLAM Magazine 's third edition of PUNKS featured
Jennings on the cover along with three other top-rated high school
Jrue Holiday ,
In June 2008, Jennings attended the premiere of Beastie Boys' Adam
Yauch 's basketball movie Gunnin\' For That #1 Spot at the Magic
Johnson Theater in
In June 2008, Jennings announced that he was considering becoming the
first American to skip college to play professionally in the
Euroleague . The National
On July 16, 2008, Jennings signed with Lottomatica Roma of the Italian Serie A . The contract he signed with Roma was for $1.65 million net income guaranteed. After earning the contract with Lottomatica, Under Armour gave Jennings a $2 million contract to showcase their products in the Euroleague . Jennings was the first player to play for a European team rather than play for a college basketball team since the NBA's age restriction rule was implemented.
In the Italian Serie A 2008–09 season, Jennings averaged in 27 games, 5.5 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.5 steals in 17.0 minutes per game. He shot 35.1 percent from the field and 20.7 percent from 3 point range in Serie A play. In 16 Euroleague games, Jennings averaged 7.6 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 steals in 19.6 minutes per game. In the Euroleague he shot 38.7 percent from the field and 26.8 percent from 3 point range.
2009 NBA DRAFT
Jennings was selected tenth overall by the
Milwaukee Bucks in the
NBA draft . He became the first player who skipped college to
play professional basketball in Europe to be drafted by an NBA team.
Jennings also made a notable appearance at the draft. He had initially
decided not to attend the draft and preferred to be at a family
function during the draft. After he was drafted by the Bucks, he left
the family function and headed to Madison Square Garden. He later came
out on stage after the 14th pick was announced to have his picture
taken with NBA commissioner
MILWAUKEE BUCKS (2009–2013)
Jennings in 2009
2009–10 Season: Rookie Season
During Jennings's NBA regular season debut on October 30, 2009,
Philadelphia 76ers , he recorded 17 points, 9 rebounds, 9
assists, and hit 2 three-point shots, and played 34 minutes. In his
second game, on October 31, 2009, against the
Detroit Pistons , also
his debut in
On November 14, 2009, in just his seventh game in the NBA, Jenning scored 55 points in a win over the Golden State Warriors . After going scoreless in the first quarter, Jennings erupted for 29 points in the 3rd quarter. He broke the team record for most points by a rookie previously set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1970, and was the most points scored by a rookie since Earl "The Pearl" Monroe scored 56 in 1968. He became the youngest player to ever score 55, collecting the second-highest total for a player under 21, behind only LeBron James 's 56 points in March 2005, and the second-most points scored by a Milwaukee Buck (behind Michael Redd 's 57 in 2006).
During All-Star Weekend , he competed in the Skills Challenge . Jennings started all 82 games as a rookie, and led the Bucks to the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, where they lost to the Atlanta Hawks in seven games.
On October 30, 2010, Jennings recorded his first ever triple double,
with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in a win against the
Jennings missed a total of 19 games with the injury before returning on January 29, 2011 in a 91–81 home victory over the New Jersey Nets . He scored a season-high 37 points against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 25, 2011. He considered the game his revenge of sorts, as he wanted to play in New York but the Knicks passed over him in the draft and selected Jordan Hill .
With Milwaukee struggling in Jennings absence and his slow return to form after the injury, the Bucks missed the playoffs.
With the NBA beginning the 2011–12 season in a lockout , Jennings played in the Drew League to stay in shape and prepare for the season. With the schedule shortened after the lockout ended, Jennings played and started in all of the 66 games. He recorded career highs with 19.1 points and 1.6 steals in 35.3 minutes per game.
Similar to the previous season, his season–high in points came in Madison Square Garden against the Knicks; this time, Jennings scored 36 points in a 100–86 win.
The Bucks again missed the NBA playoffs, finishing in ninth place in the East.
With Jennings set to hit restricted free agency at the end of the 2012–13 season, he sought a long–term contract, saying he would not return to Milwaukee if they did not work out an agreement. Despite this, he reportedly turned down a four-year contract extension (worth $40 million), despite multiple players from his draft class receiving contract extensions, including Blake Griffin and James Harden .
During the Bucks home opener against the
Cleveland Cavaliers ,
Jennings made a game-winning three at the buzzer to win the game for
the Bucks. Jennings teamed up with
With improved play under new coach Jim Boylan , Milwaukee returned to the playoffs for the first time since Jennings was a rookie. However they lost to the defending-champion Miami Heat in the opening round, who went on to repeat as champions.
DETROIT PISTONS (2013–2016)
Jennings with the Pistons in 2014.
On July 31, 2013, Jennings was signed-and-traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Brandon Knight , Khris Middleton and Viacheslav Kravtsov . He agreed to a three year contract, reportedly worth $25 million.
On December 5, 2013, Jennings returned to Milwaukee in a 105–98 win
over the Bucks, finishing with 17 points and 11 assists. On January
11, 2014, in a game against the
On January 16, 2015, Jennings scored a season-high 37 points on
10-of-23 shooting in the 98-96 win over the Indiana Pacers. Five days
later, he recorded 24 points and a career-high 21 assists in the
128–118 win over the Orlando Magic, becoming the first player to
record a 20-point, 20-assist game in the NBA since
On January 25, 2015, Jennings was ruled out for the rest of the season due to a ruptured left Achilles tendon that required surgery. On the season, he averaged 15.4 points, 6.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 41 games.
On December 17, 2015, Jennings voluntarily reported to the Grand
Rapids Drive , the Pistons' D-League affiliate, on a rehab assignment.
In his debut with the Drive on December 19, Jennings recorded a
double-double with 11 points and 12 assists in 27 minutes against the
ORLANDO MAGIC (2016)
On February 16, 2016, Jennings was traded to the Orlando Magic , along with Ersan İlyasova , in exchange for Tobias Harris . The next day, he made his debut with the Magic in a 110–104 win over the Dallas Mavericks , recording 18 points, three rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes.
NEW YORK KNICKS (2016–2017)
Jennings with the Knicks
On July 8, 2016, Jennings signed with the New York Knicks . He made his debut for the Knicks in the team's season opener on October 25, 2016 against the Cleveland Cavaliers . In 21 minutes off the bench, he recorded seven points, three rebounds and five assists in a 117–88 loss. On December 11, he scored 15 of his season high-tying 19 points in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' 118–112 win over the Los Angeles Lakers . On December 31, he set a new season high with 32 points in a 129–122 loss to the Houston Rockets . On February 27, 2017, he was waived by the Knicks.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS (2017)
On March 1, 2017, Jennings signed with the
GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field-goal percentage 3P% 3-point field-goal percentage FT% Free-throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game PIR Performance Index Rating
BOLD Career high
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
YEAR TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Milwaukee 82 82 32.6 .371 .374 .817 3.4 5.7 1.3 .2 15.5
2010–11 Milwaukee 63 61 34.4 .390 .323 .809 3.7 4.8 1.5 .3 16.2
2011–12 Milwaukee 66 66 35.3 .418 .332 .808 3.4 5.5 1.6 .3 19.1
2012–13 Milwaukee 80 80 36.2 .399 .375 .819 3.1 6.5 1.6 .1 17.5
2013–14 Detroit 80 79 34.1 .373 .337 .751 3.1 7.6 1.3 .1 15.5
2014–15 Detroit 41 41 28.6 .401 .360 .839 2.5 6.6 1.1 .1 15.4
2015–16 Detroit 23 1 18.1 .373 .312 .711 2.0 3.0 .5 .1 6.8
2015–16 Orlando 25 6 18.1 .366 .346 .750 2.0 4.0 .7 .2 7.0
2016–17 New York 58 11 24.6 .380 .340 .756 2.6 4.9 .9 .1 8.6
2016–17 Washington 23 2 16.3 .274 .212 .706 1.9 4.7 .7 .0 3.5
Career 541 429 30.8 .388 .346 .795 3.0 5.7 1.2 .2 14.3
YEAR TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Milwaukee 7 7 35.6 .408 .293 .808 3.0 3.6 1.1 .6 18.7
2013 Milwaukee 4 4 33.3 .298 .214 .722 2.3 4.0 2.3 .3 13.3
2017 Washington 13 0 13.7 .378 .154 .875 1.5 1.8 .2 .0 2.8
Career 24 11 23.3 .374 .244 .788 2.0 2.7 0.8 0.2 9.2
YEAR TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2008–09 Lottomatica Roma 16 7 19.6 .387 .268 .774 1.6 1.6 1.2 .1 7.6 5.1
Career 16 7 19.6 .387 .268 .774 1.6 1.6 1.2 .1 7.6 5.1
* 2005 Press Telegram Freshmen Player of the Year
* Named the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 Les Schwab Invitational
* Co-MVP of the 2007 Elite 24 Hoops Classic (with
* Youngest player in NBA history to score 50 or more points in a game
* 7003735700000000000♠20 years, 52 days * 55, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Golden State Warriors, 000000002009-11-14-0000November 14, 2009
RANKS 2ND IN NBA HISTORY IN:
* Field goals made, quarter
* 12, third quarter, Milwaukee Bucks vs. Golden State Warriors, 000000002009-11-14-0000November 14, 2009 * Tied with six other players who have made 12 field goals in a quarter * NBA record is held by David Thompson and Klay Thompson , tied with 13
MILWAUKEE BUCKS FRANCHISE RECORDS Rookie
* Points, game, rookie: 55, vs. Golden State Warriors, 000000002009-11-14-0000November 14, 2009
* Tied with multiple players for 4th highest tally in NBA history by a rookie
* Field goals made, game, rookie: 21, vs. Golden State Warriors, 000000002009-11-14-0000November 14, 2009
* Points, half: 45, second half, vs. Golden State Warriors, 000000002009-11-14-0000November 14, 2009 * Points, quarter: 29, third quarter, vs. Golden State Warriors, 000000002009-11-14-0000November 14, 2009 * Field goals made, half: 17, second half, vs. Golden State Warriors, 000000002009-11-14-0000November 14, 2009 * Field goals made, quarter: 12, third quarter, vs. Golden State Warriors, 000000002009-11-14-0000November 14, 2009
After the 2009 L\'Aquila earthquake , while he was playing in Italy in April 2009, Jennings donated $50,000 to support victims.
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