Updated: April 29, 2010, 1:33 AM ET

Jennings Just What Bucks Need

By Jeremy Schmidt
TrueHoop Network

The word is out, and it appears Tyreke Evans will be named Rookie of the Year later this week.

But don't tell Bucks fans that they are supposed to want anyone else manning their team for the foreseeable future, because Brandon Jennings has captured the imagination of Milwaukee during the playoffs.

Throughout the regular season, Evans handily dominated the numbers in the Rookie of the Year debate. After all, Evans is one of just four rookies ever to average more than 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. So the trophy on the way to his mantle is nothing if not well deserved. Jennings' averages (15.5 points and 5.7 assists) weren't so flashy, and he wasn't able to physically dominate in the same manner as the hulking, 6-foot-6, 220-pound Evans. But this postseason has been a shot in the arm for Jennings' statistics. Putting his regular season (that featured many nights of shooting 40 percent or less from the field) behind him, Jennings is currently shooting 46.2 percent in the playoffs while hitting 38 percent of his 3-pointers and turning the ball over just 1.3 times per game.

"Game 2, he struggled shooting the ball," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said before Game 4. "But as he's done most of the year, it doesn't spill into the rest of his game. He's not turning the ball over, he's still running the offense well. So far, so good; he's played well."

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