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From Rome to NBA Rookie of the Year?

PER Diem: Nov. 2, 2009

Updated: November 3, 2009, 3:16 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

Blake Griffin? Tyreke Evans? Humbug. The rookie of the year race saw its first hat thrown in the ring this past weekend, and it didn't belong to either of those two.

Instead, Milwaukee rookie Brandon Jennings -- the 10th overall draft pick who most had thought would need quite a bit of seasoning -- rose to the fore with two very strong performances. On Friday, he nearly became the second rookie in NBA history to post a triple-double in his debut, finishing with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists, and then he added to his luster with a 16-point third-quarter explosion in a win over Detroit on Saturday.

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