The odd February struggles of Brandon Jennings
For some reason, Brandon Jennings has been a terrible player in February. It’s been a pretty consistent thread throughout his three seasons.
2011-12: 15.1 points, 5.2 assists on 33.6 FG% and 26.8 3FG%
2010-11: 11.4 points, 3.9 assists on 34 FG% and 24 3FG%
2009-10: 10.7 points, 5.5 assists on 30.7 FG% and 31.1 3FG%
Each season brought its own unique set of challenges to February for Jennings. In 2010, he was rookie coming off a difficult two months, attempting to lead a team back into the playoff picture with the help of a very good center and eventually, a very good wing. But the rookie wall is a thing and it’s possible he encountered it: he did have a much better March.
In 2011, Jennings was not far removed from a broken foot that kept him out for all but two January games. He struggled with some consistency throughout the month, but again had a much improved March after a better amount of time had elapsed since his injury.
Last season, like every other NBA player, Jennings dealt with the difficult lockout schedule. Coming off arguably the best month of his career in January, Jennings’ numbers tanked. Many suspected it had something to do with either his lack of inclusion on the All-Star team or Milwaukee’s messy breakup with his friend Stephen Jackson. Whatever the case, he once again bounced back with a strong March.
Three seasons, three bad months of February. Three better months of March.
Today is January 29.
Jennings was again left off the All-Star team, despite his best case and the absence of Derrick Rose in the Eastern Conference. Jennings figures to at least receive consideration to replace the recently injured Rajon Rondo, along with Brook Lopez, David West, Deron Williams and Josh Smith.
Whether or not it’s the lack of All-Star appearances or the lockout or the rookie wall, Jennings seems to be positioned to break his string of bad Februarys. Both the Bucks record and roster to open February appear as good as they’ve been since he’s been on the team. And while the team’s schedule isn’t simple all month long, Jennings will have a strong chance to keep himself right through the first half of the month with a game in New York, where he’s traditionally played well, and against the Magic, Pistons, Wizards and Sixers.
This Eastern Conference, it’s a gift that never seems to stop giving.
And if Jennings slumps once again? Well, it’s a Leap Year. Only 12 games in February this season.
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