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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