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Brandon Jennings, Ersan Ilyasova reunited after trade

Brandon Jennings and Ersan Ilyasova were teammates in Milwaukee for four years. Is that good? We take a look at how well they played together with the Bucks.

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In the 2005 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks drafted Ersan Ilyasova 36th overall out of Turkey. Four years later, the same year Ilyasova returned to the NBA after two years overseas following his rookie year, the Bucks drafted Brandon Jennings 10th overall out of California (well, out of Europe, technically). For the next four years, they were teammates. And good ones.

Jennings came to this league known as a scorer. He only had 22 single-digit scoring games his first year in the league. In his seventh game of his career, he went off for 55 points on 21-for-34 shooting (including 7-for-8 from deep). However, Jennings is still not a bad passer and does look to get assists. In Jennings' rookie season, he racked up 470 assists, 76 of which were to Ilyasova. Well, that doesn't sound like a lot, but it was 30.8-percent of Ilyasova's assisted field goals.

The following year, Jennings only assisted on 305 shots. Part of this was the fact that he missed 18 games due to injury. Of those assists, 29 were to Ilyasova. This was only 17.4-percent of his assisted makes. The next year would see Brandon play in three more games (the entire lockout season, and rack up 60 more assists than the previous year. Ilyasova was the receiver of 57 of those assists, or 25.6-percent of his assisted field goals.

But the last year they played together was their best. Jennings would play in 80 games and he would assist on 521 shots. Though Ilyasova's usage did not change (minutes per game were identical, but played in 13 more games), he would make 297 assisted shots. Of those, 114 were from Brandon. That means 38.4-percent of Ilyasova's assisted shots were from Jennings.

Now, this does not mean that I am saying Jennings should be the starting point guard on Day 1. I have no idea where he'll be in regards to his rehab (which sounds like it's going great) and I think he and Reggie Jackson should compete for it. However, even if Jackson were to win the starting job, he has someone in Jennings whom he can go to and ask how to best feed Ilyasova.

However, maybe I'm reading too much into this. While Andre Drummond was presumably excited by the pickup ...

... who was only on Twitter sparingly yesterday (two posts, one retweet), there was nothing from Jennings on the move, though he was regularly interacting with people on twitter and live tweeting the game.