Analyzing The Anomalous: Brandon Jennings vs. Sacramento
In Shaky Ankles’ new feature “Analyzing The Anomalous”, I’ll be taking a look at a random player’s most recent performance—either fantastic or dreadful—and breaking down how it is they did what they did by way of advanced statistics and the always helpful Synergy Sports resource. The posts will begin with a rundown of the chosen player’s basic stat line, before bullet points are used to complete the examination. As the above picture has hinted, our first player to be placed under the microscope will be Mr. Inconsistency himself, Brandon Jennings. Enjoy!
Brandon Jennings vs. Sacramento. Milwaukee lost 103-100. 43 minutes, 31 points on 12-23 shooting, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals, 3 turnovers.
- When a player attempts 10 three-pointers in a game and makes six of them, that’s usually the most noteworthy part of the performance. And despite the eye-catching five steals, the rule of thumb remains true here. Jennings was amazing. The first two he made came wide open and in rhythm, relatively deep in the shot clock after being patient, running a set designed for a teammate and taking the shot when he had to. Two of his four misses came by way of being the ball handler on a pick and roll. Both looked good from his fingertips, but were rushed and could be classified as poor decisions. For the rest of his career, Brandon Jennings probably won’t make every three he attempts after setting his feet and taking his time, but the coincidence here is intriguing.
- The Bucks trailed by three points with the ball and 2.6 seconds left. To nobody in Arco Arena’s surprise, Scott Skiles designed the final play for Jennings. Drew Gooden set a screen for the game’s leading scorer to roll around up to the three-point line and, hopefully, find a good look. Jennings got a better shot off than he probably expected, but missed it short by just a few inches.
- Now, onto the defense. All of Jennings’ five steals came on plays where he baited the passer, darted into the lane, and tipped the ball like a cornerback taking it the other way for a touchdown. All created instant transition offense, and led to positive Milwaukee sequences.
- Jennings scored 31 points with just one free-throw made. Let that sink in.
- Only 3 of his 23 shots fell between 10 and 23 feet; a stupendous statistic if you’re a Bucks fan/Scott Skiles’ cardiologist.
- The seven assists were roughly two higher than what he’s averaging on the year.
- Jennings defines flair and excitement. He’s difficult not to like, and his success is an affirmation to experimentation. Watching him toy with the equally aged and similarly dynamic backcourt Sacramento boasts was both a joy and a pleasure. We could witness a string of 30 point games, or never see another, and neither would be surprising. But that’s what you get with Brandon Jennings. He’s a power hose tattered with holes covered in duct tape.
- With no Andrew Bogut, Jennings looked more than comfortable stepping into the Bucks’ offensive gap. He accepted himself as the team’s best scoring option and delivered. Most impressive, however, was his downtrodden attitude brought on by a devastating loss.
“At the end of the day, we shouldn’t have been in that situation, where we’re down three and have to find a good shot to score,” Jennings said. “Basically, we should have won by at least 15 tonight. “It was a team that was beatable. From the looks of it, what are we, 2-4 now? It should be reversed with some of the games that we lost.” If he keeps giving performances like this one, chances are the Bucks won’t lose many of them.”
- He played the entire second half, and the whole fourth quarter alongside Beno Udrih. That’s one backcourt duo I’d be willing to bet have yet to spend any time at the mall together.