Brandon Jennings made his return to the NBA last night after signing a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, and he damn near posted a triple-double in the 121-103 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Jennings, who started the season playing for Shanxi Zhongyu in the Chinese Basketball Association, scored 16 points, dished out 12 assists and grabbed eight rebounds in 24 minutes action.
“I was nervous,” he admitted, per ESPN. “I felt like it was my first rookie game again, just putting on that jersey was a blessing. I’m just very grateful.”
“It’s just all the hard work I was putting in in China,” Jennings said, per ESPN. “People don’t understand, I was still hurt with my Achilles injury, so now I’m finally healthy. I was able to really just revamp my whole self, just focus on basketball and be able to just work out. So when I was in China, I just felt like I was at Oak Hill Academy] again, just working on my game and trying to get to that level again.”
The 28-year old point guard was drafted 10th overall by the Bucks in the 2009 NBA Draft and has played for five teams during his eight-year career, including stints with the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, New York Knicks and Washington Wizards. If last night’s performance is any indication he’s well on his way to sticking with the Bucks for the remainder the season.