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Brandon Jennings is Playing Well Beyond His Years

A few days ago, when I wrote my column on Deron Williams, I listed the several duties of a point guard. Here’s what I said of the position and the responsibilities that come along with playing it:

Having a good point guard on your team can do wonders in the National Basketball Association. A point guard controls everything for his club. He controls the tempo, the plays that are run, the emotions. He’s the floor general or the on-the-court coach that determines what happens on a play-by-play basis. Sometimes the plays he runs are up to the head coach, but if they’ve earned their coach’s respect, they might get to call their own sets depending on what they think.

In that column, I discussed why, at least while Chris Paul is not at 100%, Williams plays the role of point guard the best. Deron certainly has the resume to back up that assertion and his time spent playing the in the post-season and winning a gold medal along with Paul for Team USA in 2008 have made his job a lot easier now that he has dealt with pressure at the world’s highest level.

But now, imagine being in the post-season, as the underdog, in your rookie season, without any experience at the college level, playing the point guard position, making the important decisions, all at the ripe age of 20. You see the difference. That 20-year old rookie is Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings, a kid who has impressed me since he got into the league.

Jennings himself pointed to his one season in Europe, which took the place of the “one-and-done” process for Jennings, as a reason he came into the NBA with a mature attitude, despite the common perception that he was an immature kid that did all he could to stay out of school. While that one season may have improved his mental capacity for the game, it did not, however, give him much of a chance to play in pressure situations, as a college student may get to experience in Conference Tournaments of the NCAA Tourney.

More on Jennings and his veteran like play after the break…

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Excellent Ball Movement Fuels Lakers In Blowout Over OKC

To start off each game of this series, the Lakers took advantage of their biggest strength, feeding the ball to Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum in order to get easy buckets at the rim. The Thunder big men couldn’t stop either of them and they were the key component to every first quarter run [...]

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One post will be done on major game of the day from now until the Conference Finals.

The Next Generation Spurs Have Put Dallas In A Hole

The “if you would have told me” game is played a lot in the sports world. Most of, if not all, the time, it is used to display a surprising situation. When looking at last night’s Spurs-Mavericks game, the “if you would have told me” game does just that. Thus, I’ll play it for [...]

Russell Westbrook Has Made This A Series

Even though Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players of all-time, Kevin Durant is the youngest scoring champion in the history of the NBA and the Lakers have the overwhelming size advantage in the painted are with all-world talents Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, undoubtedly the most important player coming into this unusual [...]

It’s Time to Realize How Great Deron Williams is

Having a good point guard on your team can do wonders in the National Basketball Association. A point guard controls everything for his club. He controls the tempo, the plays that are run, the emotions. He’s the floor general or the on-the-court coach that determines what happens on a play-by-play basis. Sometimes the plays he runs are up to the head coach, but if they’ve earned their coach’s respect, they might get to call their own sets depending on what they think.

In today’s game, the player that plays the roll of point guard best is Utah superstar Deron Williams, a six-foot-three-203 pound guard playing in his 5th season out of Illinois.

While Chris Paul, whom Williams will always be compared with because of their remarkable talents and because they went back-to-back in the 2005 NBA Draft, is definitely right there with him in the battle for the number one spot, two devastating injuries that cost him a big chunk of the season and a lack of talent around him cost him an entire year of NBA ball essentially. Adversely, Williams has gotten better and better all season long, carrying his team to a 53-win season and setting himself apart from the rest of the point guard crop other than Paul.

Deron doesn’t get a lot of national burn. Yes, he was named an all-star this year and he has been considered as a top two point guard in the league since 2007. But he isn’t named among the super elite. I thought that Chris Paul was a top five player in the NBA last season. LeBron, Kobe, Wade, Dwight and Paul. Of course, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony have both had stellar 2009-2010 campaigns, but if Paul were to play like he did last season, I’d still say he’d be in the top five. And with Williams outperforming Paul this season and showing that he is capable of doing all of the things CP3 does at least equally as well, there is no reason to think Williams is not at least a top seven or eight player in this league.

For the first time in his career, Deron was named an All-Star at the point guard spot this season and, if it weren’t for the brilliance of Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant, Williams would be on the First Team All-NBA. On the season, 19 points and 11 assists (rounding up), which is the third time he has done so in the past three seasons. Numbers like those are unrivaled among current players (other than Paul, who put in 22 and 11 for two straight years before getting hurt this season).

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Which LeBron Poster Was Better: His Slam On Kevin Garnett In The 2008 ECF or His Throwdown On James Johnson?

LeBron James had one of the most ferocious jams you will ever see on Monday night against the Chicago Bulls. As you know, LeBron is no stranger to these kinds of things and he seems to produce at least one amazing highlight per game. My question is: was his poster on James Johnson better [...]

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Full Count: Jimenez Makes History for Rox

It took the eightheenth season of Rockies baseball in the Mile High City for it to happpen. Clearly with the thin air in Denver, it had to be a road game. But who? The Colorado franchise hasn’t exactly been a pitcher’s dream. Some names have come and gone, and some are long [...]