NBA All-Star Game roster: Brandon Jennings misses the cut twice in 2013
Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings missed out on an All-Star roster spot when reserves were announced earlier in the month, and he missed out again when David Stern selected Nets big man Brook Lopez to replace Rajon Rondo.
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The case for Lopez is strong. Here is a bit of context on how well the Nets' big man has played this season. He ranks fourth in the NBA in PER (25.1) and second in the Eastern Conference (behind NBA-leader LeBron James). In terms of box score stats, he leads the Nets in scoring (18.6) and ranks second on the team in rebounds per game (7.3). He has posted nine double-doubles and he ranks seventh in the NBA in blocks per game (2.2).
Jennings is 14th in the NBA in scoring average (18.9), 17th in assists per game (6.0) and fourth in steals per game (1.9). He played particularly well against the Pistons on Tuesday night, as he scored 16 points in the span of 149 seconds -- 5/5 fg, 4/4 threes, 2/2 ft -- on his way to a 30-point, six-assist performance in a blowout win.
With Celtics star and East all-star starter Rajon Rondo going down for the season with a torn ACL, the Bucks' likelihood of securing their first playoff berth in three years just went up. But could it also mean a late-arriving all-star berth for Brandon Jennings?
Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings is on the fringe of the Eastern Conference All-Star roster, but he has a big opportunity to shine on Tuesday night when Jrue Holiday and the Philadelphia 76ers come to town. Here's our pep talk for Jennings.