Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings

Jennings with the Pistons in 2014
No. 3 New York Knicks
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1989-09-23) September 23, 1989
Compton, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Lottomatica Roma
20092013 Milwaukee Bucks
20132016 Detroit Pistons
2015Grand Rapids Drive
2016 Orlando Magic
2016–present New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards

Brandon Byron Jennings (born September 23, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After graduating from Oak Hill Academy, he decided to play professional basketball with Italian club Lottomatica Roma instead of playing collegiately for the University of Arizona, leading to controversy and debate on the NBA's "prep-to-pro" policy adopted in 2006. After a year in Italy, Jennings declared for the 2009 NBA draft and was selected 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. He played his first four seasons in Milwaukee before being traded to the Detroit Pistons in 2013. Jennings spent his next three seasons in Detroit before he was traded to the Orlando Magic in 2016.

Early life

Jennings was born in Compton, California to Alice Knox. He has a half brother named Terrence Phillips. His father committed suicide when he was young.[1]

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).[2] 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.[3] He was rated as the nation's #1 high school basketball prospect in the class of 2008 by,[4] the #1 prospect in the ESPNU 150,[5] and the #4 prospect by[6]

College plans

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.)[7] In November 2007, SLAM Magazine's third edition of PUNKS featured Jennings on the cover along with three other top-rated high school guards (Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans and Lance Stephenson).[8][9]

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 Harlem. Also attending were Kevin Love, Lance Stephenson, Brook Lopez, Robin Lopez, DJ Augustin, and Adam Yauch. The film follows eight top high school players—including Jennings—from their hometowns to New York City, for the 2006 Elite 24 at Rucker Park.

In June 2008, Jennings announced that he was considering becoming the first American to skip college to play professionally in the Euroleague. The National Basketball Association requires players to be at least 19 years old and one year removed from high school before entering the league, meaning that Jennings could not enter the 2008 NBA draft. Jennings declared that his goal was to play in the NBA and that playing overseas instead of at an American college could be his best route to gain experience and make money until he was eligible to join the NBA.[10]

Professional career

Italy (2008–2009)

On July 16, 2008, Jennings signed with Lottomatica Roma of the Italian Serie A.[11] The contract he signed with Roma was for $1.65 million net income guaranteed.[12] After earning the contract with Lottomatica, Under Armour gave Jennings a $2 million contract[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

2009 NBA draft

Jennings during a game against the Detroit Pistons

Jennings was selected tenth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2009 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 David Stern, just like all drafted players who attend the draft.[16]

Milwaukee Bucks (2009–2013)

2009–10 season: Rookie season

During Jennings's NBA regular season debut on October 30, 2009, against the Philadelphia 76ers, Jennings 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 the debut in Bradley Center, Jennings scored 16 points during the third quarter and a team-high 24 points for the game to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to their first victory of the 2009–10 regular season.

On November 14, 2009, after a scoreless first quarter, Jennings scored 29 points in the 3rd quarter against Golden State en route to a total of 55 points in the game to break the team record for most points by a rookie previously set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1970. Jennings's performance 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).[17] On February 2, 2010, he was selected to compete in the Skills Challenge.[18]

2010–11 season

On October 30, 2010, Jennings recorded his first ever triple double, with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists against the Charlotte Bobcats. On December 15, 2010, Jennings broke his left foot against the San Antonio Spurs when he came down awkwardly on his ankle.[19] Despite the injury, he played 30 minutes the following game against the Jazz. The team later confirmed that Jennings would miss the next four to six weeks as he recovered from surgery to repair a fracture in his left foot.[20] He had been averaging 18.7 points per game before the injury. 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.[21] He scored a season-high 37 points against the New York Knicks on March 25, 2011.[22] The Bucks, however, missed the playoffs.

2011–12 season

During the 2011–12 season, Jennings played and started in all of the 66 games of the lockout-shortened NBA season. He recorded career highs in minutes per game (35.3), steals per game (1.6), field goal percentage (.418) and points per game (19.1). Jennings tied his personal record for blocks per game (.3) which he recorded in the last season. The Bucks again missed the NBA playoffs.

2012–13 season

Prior to the season, despite multiple players from his draft class receiving contract extensions, including Blake Griffin and James Harden, the Bucks chose not to extend Jennings' contract, making him a restricted free agent at the end of the 2012–13 season.[23]

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.[24]

Jennings teamed up with Monta Ellis, who was acquired at the 2012 trade deadline, to lead the Bucks back to the playoffs for the first time since his rookie season.

Detroit Pistons (2013–2016)

2013–14 season

On July 31, 2013, Jennings was signed-and-traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton and Viacheslav Kravtsov.[25] On January 11, 2014, in a game against the Phoenix Suns, Jennings recorded 16 assists in the first half, tying Isiah Thomas' franchise record for the most assists in a half.[26]

2014–15 season

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.[27] 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 Steve Nash in 2009.[28]

On January 25, 2015, Jennings was ruled out for the rest of the season due to a ruptured left Achilles tendon that required surgery.[29] On the season, he averaged 15.4 points, 6.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 41 games.[30]

2015–16 season

On December 17, 2015, Jennings voluntarily reported to the Grand Rapids Drive, the Pistons' D-League affiliate, on a rehab assignment.[31][32] 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 Iowa Energy.[33] He was recalled by the Pistons the next day.[34] On December 29, Jennings made his first appearance of the season for the Pistons, scoring seven points and adding four assists in 16 minutes off the bench against the New York Knicks.[35] He had a season-best game in his fourth game back from injury, recording 17 points and 6 assists off the bench on January 4 in a 115–89 win over the Orlando Magic.[36]

Orlando Magic (2016)

On February 16, 2016, Jennings was traded to the Orlando Magic, along with Ersan İlyasova, in exchange for Tobias Harris.[37] 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.[38]

New York Knicks (2016–present)

On July 8, 2016, Jennings signed with the New York Knicks.[39] He made his debut for the Knicks in the team's season opener on October 25 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 21 minutes off the bench, he recorded seven points, three rebounds and five assists in a 117–88 loss.[40]

Career statistics

  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.


Regular season

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
Career 460 416 32.3 .390 .350 .799 3.1 5.9 1.3 .2 15.5


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
Career 11 11 34.7 .373 .261 .773 2.7 3.7 1.5 .5 16.7


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



NBA records

Ranks 2nd in NBA history in:

Milwaukee Bucks franchise records


Personal life

After the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake, while he was playing in Italy in April 2009, Jennings donated $50,000 to support victims.[41]

Jennings participated in Steve Nash's Showdown in Chinatown charity soccer match in New York City on June 24, 2010.[42]

Jennings, specifically his relationship with Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles, was the subject of the song "Chartjunk" by indie rock band Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks in 2014.[43]


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