Basketball, broken down to its simplest compound, is about scoring more buckets than the team you’re playing against. The Semi-Automatic refers to players who leave bodies in their wake with their innate ability to get buckets. And no rookie since the All-Time greats Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and Wilt Chamberlain did what Brandon Jennings, aka The Takeover, did this weekend.
The wunderkind put up 55 points to go along with 5 assists and 5 rebounds as Milwaukee beat Golden State 129-125. The crazy thing is that he didn’t get a bucket in the entire second quarter. In the third stanza, Jennings put on a remarkable show, hitting twelve in a row enroute to his 29 point outburst for the quarter.
Not only has he already put a near insurmountable lead on the Rookie of the Year race, he’s in the running for All-League honors. He’s singlehandedly lifted the Milwaukee franchise on his slender shoulders and made the Bucks relevant again. When Michael Redd returns to the lineup, how much more dangerous will they be?
You would think that in Mike D’antoni’s run and gun, frenetic offensive attack, Jennings would have been the perfect choice to run the show. Given what Steve Nash has accomplished in D’antoni’s system, The Takeover would have seemed to be the Knicks’ logical draft choice. Can you imagine what would be going on in MSG right now with this young fella at the controls?
He’d previously scorched the Nuggets for 32 points and 9 assists. After his epic 55 point performance on Saturday, the kid was back in the practice gym, on Milwaukee’s day off, getting some jumpers up. He’s averaging 26 points and doing things that no one could have fathomed, this early in the season as a young, rookie starter in the world’s greatest league.
“Last night, that’s the past,” Jennings told the Associated Press yesterday, as he prepared for tonight’s matchup against the Dallas Mavericks and Jason Kidd.
If the past bodes well for what to expect from “The Takeover” in the days and years ahead, a lot of teams must not be too excited to see what the future holds. But I most certainly am.