If someone asked you, "What does a quintessential Milwaukee Bucks transition possession look like?" This might be it:
Larry Sanders and John Henson were both beneficiaries of Brandon Jennings' lobs in the Bucks' 108-99 win over the Phoenix Suns last night, but this one deserves our unrequited praise for reasons beyond Sanders' rim-shattering throwdown.
The possession starts with Jennings recognizing the Suns' fumble and quietly drifting diagonally towards the ball-side perimeter to best position himself for a quick outlet. Sanders busts out the second Ersan Ilyasova pivots, using long strides to catch up to Jennings' pace without over-running the play. He aims for the red strip on the weak side of the paint, giving the dangerous point guard (1.09 PPP in transition, per Synergy) the option to fake and take it himself, bounce pass, or in this case, loft the ball to a waiting Sanders for the electric dunk.
An anticipatory leak out followed by a quick outlet and a smooth, efficient conversion on the other end: The ideal Milwaukee fast break, defined.
The entire play (starting with Jennings' first dribble) took less than five seconds and the outcome was inevitable once Sanders broke the halfcourt line. But at the end of the day, aren't easy, crowd-pleasing points all we want out of the Bucks' transition offense?
Steve's update: If you want a look at the complete sequence, which features even more Larry Sanders, be sure to check out the video below from SB Nation NBA's coverage of the the games last night: