Talk of Brandon Jenning’s Rookie of the Year Award is Premature

November 16th, 2009 by Jose Salviati Leave a reply »
There is no denying that what the rookie pulled off against the Golden State Warriors on November 14 was amazing.  In a single game he was able to:

Surpass Kareem Abdul Jabbar's rookie scoring record for the Bucks.

Become the youngest player ever to cross the 50 point barrier.

The kid was incredible, but do we hand over the Rookie of the Year award now?  No, of course not.  Now that we have all had a few days to soak it in I think its time we all appreciated it for what it was, an amazing individual performance. 

Yes, it was a performance the likes of which we haven't seen in the NBA in years, but it was just an single performance.  Jennings didn't win the award based on that performance anymore than Kobe won MVP when he went for 26 more points than Jennings scored.

January 23, 2006 Kobe Bryant of Los Angeles other basketball team scored 81 points in a game.  He came as close to Wilts amazing 100 as anyone ever had.  His performance was amazing, awe-inspiring and incredible all mixed into one.  Did it earn him the MVP that year?  No, it went to Steve Nash.

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