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Jennings almost notches triple-double for Bucks in first game of his 10-day contract

In 24 minutes of action, Milwaukee Bucks back-up point guard Brandon Jennings displayed an all-around great performance on Monday with 16 points, 12 rebounds and eight rebounds in a 121-103 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. He signed a 10-day contract with the Bucks on Sunday after playing seven games with the Wisconsin Herd in the G-League.

In the G-League, Jennings showed off his offensive prowess and ability to orchestrate the offense. He averaged 21 points, seven assists and four rebounds.

Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings playing back in 2012 against the New York Knicks. — by Zimbio
Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings playing back in 2012 against the New York Knicks. — by Zimbio

As far as efficiency goes in his first game back in the NBA, Jennings shot 5-9 from the field and also went 3-6 from deep. He was also a perfect 3-3 from the free throw line.

Before the G-League, Jennings played in China for the Shanxi Brave Dragons for 13 games and averaged 27 points, seven assists and three rebounds. It's the second stint with the Bucks in his eight-year career and first game back with the Bucks since 2013. He's played for five different teams and was drafted 10th overall by the Bucks in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Brandon Jennings playing for the Shanxi Brave Dragons. — by CGTN
Brandon Jennings playing for the Shanxi Brave Dragons. — by CGTN

In Jennings first game as a rookie back in 2009 for the Bucks, Jennings ironically nearly recorded a triple-double with 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in 34 minutes of action against the Philadelphia 76ers.

In his first game back with Milwaukee, Jennings showed pride and had some butterflies in his first time back in the NBA.

“I was nervous,” Jennings said. “I felt like it was my first rookie game again, just putting on that jersey was a blessing. I'm just very grateful.”

The 28-year old veteran said that his mid was messed up after tearing his Achilles in January 2015 back in Detroit which was a huge setback for him. When he was in China for a little over four months, he got his swagger back.

“I just was able to find myself again mentally,” Jennings said. I always wanted to bounce back from that … but I just did a lot of manifest. I manifest a lot about positivity. So I tried to get a lot of negative thoughts and things out of my head and it really helped me.”

The veteran's point guard presence can give a colossal boost to the Bucks who are just hanging on to a current playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Bucks leading scorer Giannis Antetokounmpo said that Jennings would be a huge help to get Milwaukee to the playoffs.

“Brandon Jennings is an NBA player,“Antetokounmpo said. “It doesn't surprise me what he did tonight and hopefully he can help us moving forward.”

The Bucks next game is scheduled on Wednesday on the road against the Orlando Magic (20-47) at 7:00 p.m. Milwaukee is seeking their third straight win after dropping 7 of their last 11 games.

This article was originally published on @jimferch