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Short being a teenage vampire (although he is almost still a teenager and he did play suspiciously close to Transylvania last season -- at least relative to any other current NBA player), it's tough to think of someone generating more buzz than Brandon Jennings. And there's a reason Stephenie Meyer didn't set her "Twilight" series in Milwaukee.

Kevin Durant could be headed for Team USA and an NBA scoring title. Derrick Rose is the reigning rookie of the year. But more SportsNation residents would pause the clicker to watch Jennings than either of the biggest stars to emerge from the 2007 and 2008 drafts. But give thanks; Jennings and Durant go head-to-head on ESPN on Friday night.

Have you caught the Jennings fever?

Jimmy (Seattle)

Adand"ay" - i saw your Around the Horn episode yesterday. Anyway, i had questions on the OKC Thunder. How much more improved to they seem to be, and where, in your mind, have they really improved the most? Is Kevin Durant a bona-fide star in the NBA yet, or does he have more to prove?

Greg (Portland)

Jennings point production gets most of the pub for Milwaukee's quick start. But it's his basketball IQ and work with Bogut that has been truly eye opening. With Bogut shelved for several weeks and Milwaukee going on the road, isn't this where we'll really see just how good Jennings is?

J.A. Adande
J.A. Adande

I'm throwing both of those questions in together because the same thing applies: in order to truly have cred in this league you have to carry your team to victories, then do it again in the playoffs. As dazzling as Jennings and Durant have looked, they have yet to do that so far. People forget, there were even questions about MJ before he started getting it done in the playoffs. Full transcript

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We're not saying Brandon Jennings' rise has been meteoric, but less than two weeks ago, SportsNation ranked him behind Mo Williams and Aaron Brooks. Nothing against those guys, but their names are noticeably absent from the list of eight players who woke up Monday averaging 25 points per game. Then again, five months ago, voters didn't even put Jennings in remotely the same class as Ricky Rubio, Stephen Curry, Jonny Flynn and Ty Lawson among point guard prospects.

Jennings is keeping different company these days, namely the likes of Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor. That's what comes with scoring 55 points in a game as a rookie (even if the other team is coached by Don Nelson). Seven games makes for a pretty small sample size, but when it involves numbers like Jennings is posting, is it safe to think the NBA's small club of superstars has a new member in waiting?

Even before Jennings went for 55, John Hollinger hopped on the bandwagon.

Jeff (NY, NY)

Are you shocked at how good Brandon Jennings is this early? All the knocks on him, can't shoot, too skinny, seem to be way off the mark. Last night-he schooled Chauncey Billups. Some scouts/gms must be kicking themselves.

John Hollinger
John Hollinger

Shocked, shocked, shocked. I talked to somebody last night who saw him in summer league and said he was completely blown away; in retrospect, I remember reading all the glowing reviews, but I'm so conditioned to ignoring summer league results that I paid no attention to it whatsoever. In the past, watching summer league has only made me dumber; Jennings is proving the exception.

J (Milwaukee)

I think that you have underestimated Skiles and the Bucks for the last two years. They were doing really well last year until the injury bug hit hard. And this year, you picked them to be one of the worst teams in the league. Aside from Jennings where else have the Bucks played well, position wise?

John Hollinger
John Hollinger

Oh, how we forget. I was leading the Bucks' bandwagon until around the 40-game mark last season because they were much better than their record at that point. But with all the changes this year, I didn't see them as likely to keep it up. Obviously Jennings and a healthy (so far) Bogut make them better than we thought, but I'm still taking it with a few grains of salt since it's only five games. Full transcript

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Lakers fans are understandably excited about the new season, and the defending champs are a popular choice to repeat among bloggers in the community.

"I've never been more excited for the opening of any season, any sport," blogs kurtnaphansen. "The combination of being on the heels of the Lakers winning the NBA championship, of all the trash talk from Cavs, Celtics, Magic, Spurs and even Blazers fans, and of a very new interesting development with the addition of Sheed to Boston, Shaq to Cleveland and Artest to LA."

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We'll get back to the actual draft selections in a bit, but frankly, aside from new Timberwolves general manager David Kahn putting Matt Millen and Jon Gruden to shame by stockpiling people who play the same position in a matter of mere minutes, the week's real drama involved players who long since had their moment on the podium with David Stern.

We're talking trades -- and not just mentally talking, as Shaq seems to prefer.

Vince Carter is in Orlando, Richard Jefferson is in San Antonio, Shaquille O'Neal is in Cleveland and Thabo Sefolosha is in Oklahoma City. And if you don't think that last one matters, you've obviously never listened to anyone with an Oklahoma accent.


I have a feeling [the Magic] aint bringing back turkoglu now.with the money that howard,carter,and lewis are making,I cant imagine them giving him the kind of money he thought he was going to get last week.

-- nspe33

Get ready, Cleveland. [Shaq] willl be fat and out of shape when camp starts, he'll have to play himself into shape, and he'll be injured the first 1 - 1 1/2 months of the season. Just like every other team he has ever played for! Bank it!


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Much as their fans might like them to try, the Knicks can't actually turn in a draft card with LeBron James' name. So while the faithful wait for that saga to play out after next season, the team will have to look for pieces to fit Mike D'Antoni's system. One approach would be the player least like Eddy Curry.


PANIC!!!!!!! HIDE THE BABIES!!!!! SCREAM!!!!! THE T-WOLVES NOW OWN THE 5,6,18 and another pick I think in the 1st round!! If they keep 2 pics in the top 10, then our hopes of landing an impact player at 8 are lost. Walsh must trade Lee and/or Nate for picks amd trade down and get Maynor. Or send Lee and the #8 to TOR or PHO for Bosh or Amare. I'm officially worried now...

-- SeeWhyDee211

The good news for the Raptors is that with the NHL draft set to get underway Friday, they could draft Rafael Araujo again and nobody in town would notice until at least Monday. Check that; Chris Bosh would notice. And at this point, Bosh is the guy the franchise ought to most intent on pleasing.


Raptors should trade down and draft sam young. NBA ready and very underrated. I think he would be a nice compliment for bosh and bargs.

-- randall-mike

Chad Ford assured SportsNation chatters there was a method to the seeming madness of trading Richard Jefferson for a Champions Tour defender in Bruce Bowen and some warm bodies, but we'll believe it when we see it. Getting somebody to high five Andrew Bogut on the free throw line would be a start.


Anyone else think its a joke that Thabeet is rated so much higher than Blair? Am i the only one that watched Dejuan Blair physically manhandle Thabeet like he was a whiny little boy. I would rather take Blair any day.

-- DiablosFury2

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