Brandon Jennings just added immense value to the NBA’s 10-day contract.
In his first game back in the NBA, Jennings–who recently inked a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks–erupted for a near triple-double against the Memphis Grizzlies.
With star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo battling foul trouble, Jennings emerged off the Milwaukee bench to tally 16 points, 12 assists, and eight rebounds. He also sported a plus-11 rating in 24 minutes, as the Bucks got past the Grizzlies, 121-103.
While too much can’t be made of one performance against a rebuilding team, Jennings showed that he still has what it takes to play at an NBA level. The point guard had been playing in China since his last NBA stint in 2017.
Jennings was originally drafted by the Bucks and would later spend three seasons in Detroit. Since 2016, however, he has been a basketball nomad.
The Bucks have struggled with injuries at the guard position, namely to Matthew Dellavedova and reigning Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon. Jennings could give the team a big boost as it heads into the playoffs.
“He can clearly play, so I'm excited to have him,” teammate John Henson told reporters after the win over Memphis. “On a 10-day, for a guy like that to have that type of talent, it's rare."
Injuries played a big role in Jennings’ departure from the league, as he needed to overcome a torn Achilles in 2015. He will look to make the most of a second chance now that he appears to be fully healthy.
"I felt like it was my first rookie game again, just putting on that jersey was a blessing. I'm just very grateful," Jennings added.
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