There are a lot of new Milwaukee Bucks players this season. Related: A lot of players who used to play for the Milwaukee Bucks, no longer play for the Milwaukee Bucks. But most of those players still play in the NBA.
We don’t want to tell you how to live your life (yes we do), but we’re here to do a service. We know how annoying exes can be. How you always feel the temptation to check in on them, see what they are up to, whether or not they are more successful than they were or with someone better looking than you. We know you want to keep tabs, but maybe don’t know where to begin.
So consider this series a guide to watching your Bucks exes. But you won’t be watching for pleasure. It’ll be pure scorn in your heart as you tune into the Pistons or Mavericks or any other team with a former Buck. It will be … Hate Watching.
Why Do You Hate Him:
You could dislike Brandon Jennings for how he plays basketball. Or his general disposition. Or his Twitter. Or his apparently punchable face. But no matter the reason, if you’re a Bucks fan, you’re most likely sour on Jennings.
He offered us hope when we needed it the most and forever failed to meet our expectations after his incredible 55-point outburst in his seventh NBA game. He complained, shot poorly, and continually sulked after not being named an All-Star. He never became the player we wanted him to be. But as his career continues to flounder, it seems more and more likely that Jennings is incapable of necessary improvement.
It seems difficult to imagine Jennings ever being the starting point guard for a contending team. And I take solace in this.
When Jennings loses, we win. Safe to say we’ll win a lot during his career.
Was He Replaced?
Sort of. Brandon Knight, the prize acquired for Jennings, is still a major work in progress at point guard. He may develop into a shooting guard or, more likely, a bench guard able to play both positions. He lacks a consistent jump-shot and does not possess Jennings’ elite quickness.
However, he’s only two years removed from being the eighth pick and his size (six-foot-three) allows him to finish at the rim much more effectively than his predecessor. He has a better pedigree coming from the University of Kentucky and I wouldn’t be surprised if Knight has a longer NBA career than Jennings. Neither are superstars, but I prefer stability over swagger.
All that said, hopefully Knight isn’t the long-term point guard option for the Bucks. He just doesn’t appear to have the point guard talent necessary to be a starter. Thus far at least.
How’s He Doing:
Not well! Last Monday’s game against the Bucks was the only game this season in which he shot 50 percent. On the season, he’s averaging 15. points (38.0 FG%, 32.3 3P%), 8.1 assists, and 2.9 turnovers per game. He recently said he’d lost confidence in his shot because he’s “so into passing that [he] kind of forget[s] [he] can score sometimes.” Silly, Brandon. You lead the Pistons in field goal attempts! You haven’t forgotten you can score … you’ve forgotten how to score. Classic mistake.
Even though Jennings played well against the Bucks last Monday with 15 points and 14 assists, I’ve never been happier to have a player off the Bucks. His four seasons in Milwaukee were generally not happy times.
Has He Slandered The Great City of Milwaukee:
Publicly? Not really. Privately? Probably! And that makes me even more mad!
This Is Annoying:
Nationally Televised Games:
- December 7, at Chicago – WGN
- February 5, at Orlando – ESPN
- February 8, vs. Denver – NBATV
- March 9, at Boston – NBATV
- April 11, at Chicago – WGN
When Can You Boo Him:
- Wednesday, December 4
- Wednesday, January 22