Found January 23, 2013 on Fox Sports Wisconsin:
MILWAUKEE -- Brandon Jennings has put his best foot forward. Now, it's out of his hands. The coaches' ballots are in as of noon Wednesday and Jennings will find out Thursday if he's been selected to his first NBA All-Star Game and in the process become Milwaukee's first All-Star since Michael Redd in 2004. The All-Star reserves will be announced at 6 p.m. Central on a special pregame show prior to TNT's usual Thursday night NBA coverage. "To sum it all up, I wouldn't be surprised if I didn't make it, and I wouldn't be surprised if I did make it, either way," Jennings said. The 23-year-old is averaging 18.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, a career-best 5.8 assists and career-best 2.0 steals per game. Tuesday's matchup between Jennings and Philadelphia point guard Jrue Holiday was billed as one last chance for two of the best guards in the league to sway coaches to include them on their ballot. If the head-to-head battle mattered at all, Jennings won decisively. He scored 25 points with seven assists and three steals in a 110-102 Bucks victory, while Holiday had just nine points on 3 of 12 shooting with eight turnovers. Jennings and Holiday will likely be up against Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, Boston's Paul Pierce and Brooklyn's Deron Williams for reserve guard spots. In the NBA, much like the NFL, veterans such as Pierce are hard to beat out. 76ers coach Doug Collins feels both Jennings and Holiday are deserving of making their first All-Star Game. "To get a decision, you have to knock them out," Collins said. "When you go to a boxing event, if it is close, usually the king keeps his belt. "I don't vote that way. I know as a player I know I wouldn't want to be kept off the team if I was having a better year than somebody else simply because the guy was a veteran player. As a player, I counted on somebody to give me a chance." Jennings thought he was deserving of a spot on the Eastern Conference roster last season but felt Milwaukee's under-.500 record held him back. Now, the Bucks have a better record than Philadelphia, Boston and Cleveland. The ballot for coaches has changed this year. They now vote for two reserve guards, three reserve frontcourt players and two wild cards from any position in their conference. The two wild cards certainly increase Jennings' odds. "The one thing about Brandon Jennings is he's playing on a winning team now," Collins said. "He's in the playoffs, and his team has a chance to do well. I definitely think he has a great chance to make it." Jennings agreed with Collins but won't be devastated if the news doesn't go his way. "This time it's been different," Jennings said. "We've been winning. I think I've answered all the questions so far, but hey, whatever happens, happens. "We'll see. To tell you the truth, Thursday will be very interesting. Regardless of what happens, I'm still going to keep playing hard, still going to keep competing because right now we are winning and we're in a good situation here." Other than Jennings, Bucks shooting guard Monta Ellis has a slight chance of making the team. Forward Mike Dunleavy is a leading candidate to be selected for the three-point contest, and rookie forward John Henson could be picked for the Rising Stars Challenge. Forbes NBA team valuations: According to a story on Forbes.com, NBA teams have grown in value by 30 percent over the last year with the average franchise now worth 509 million. The New York Knicks are the league's most valuable team at 1.1 billion, passing the Los Angeles Lakers, who were atop the list last year. According to Forbes, the Bucks are the least valued franchise in the NBA, worth 312 million. The story says Milwaukee took steps forward despite a 500,000 loss in value due to BMO Harris Bank buying the naming rights to the Bradley Center, as well as the team selling other sponsorships throughout the arena. Follow Andrew Gruman on Twitter.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Milwaukee has won six of eight under Boylan

MILWAUKEE -- The West Coast didn't change the Milwaukee Bucks. Still feeling good about themselves after their best road trip since 2001, the Bucks continued their recent uptick with a 110-102 victory over Philadelphia at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Tuesday night. With a win over a team chasing them in the standings, the Bucks moved a full six games ahead of the ninth...

Report: Bucks' Hammond agrees to extension

The Milwaukee Bucks and general manager John Hammond have agreed to a three-year contract extension, according to multiple reports. Talks of an extension were in the works weeks ago, as Hammond said he was working on a deal with Bucks owner Senator Herb Kohl to keep him in Milwaukee. Hammond, 58, was working in the final year of his contract. Hired in 2008, Hammond was named NBA...

Bucks look to match season-long win streak

The Milwaukee Bucks just gave their general manager a three-year extension, they're 6-2 under an interim coach and they're about to face a team they have mostly beaten of late. If Kyrie Irving plays near the level he did his last time out, though, the Cleveland Cavaliers can hardly be overlooked. The Bucks look to match their longest winning streak of the season at four...

Bucks extend contract of GM Hammond

The Milwaukee Bucks have extended the contract of general manager John Hammond through the 2015-16 season. Team owner Herb Kohl announced the decision Wednesday. Financial terms were not released. Hammond took over in April 2008 and was the league's 2009-10 Executive of the Year, an award voted on by his peers. He has more than 30 years of NBA experience, including seven seasons...

Bucks Tuesday: Guardcourt limited vs. 76ers

MILWAUKEE -- Two of Milwaukee's backup guards won't be available when the Bucks play Philadelphia on Tuesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Reserve guard Marquis Daniels is ill and will be inactive, while rookie guard Doron Lamb is out with a sprained ankle suffered during his D-League assignment. Daniels has seen his role diminish of late, averaging just 12.6...

Video: Complete posterization of Larry Sanders by Nick Young

Tweet Philadelphia 76ers reserve guard Nick “Swaggy P” Young is known for his gun-slinger mentality and streakiness. He thinks he can make and will attempt almost any shot. That confidence paid highlight-style dividends on Tuesday night when the 76ers faced-off against the Milwaukee Bucks. In the second quarter, Young drove down the lane from the [...]

Ersan Ilyasova stays hot with 27 points, 16 rebounds

That's two in a row for Ersan Ilyasova. In Tuesday's 110-102 win over the 76ers, Ilyasova looked dominant with 27 points (10-17 FG, 5-6 FT), two 3-pointers, 16 rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block. This follows the Turkish power forward's big Saturday: 27 points (10-14 FG, 4-4 FT), 14 rebounds, three 3-pointers, four assists and a block. Congratulations...

Boylan stays course as Bucks hold off 76ers rally

MILWAUKEE -- His team playing well, but not great, and knowing the Philadelphia 76ers' penchant for late-game rallies, Milwaukee Bucks coach Jim Boylan was faced with a choice: go small, and try to keep up with the Sixers' in a speed contest, or stick with what got the Bucks this far. He went with the latter, choosing to keep the ball in the hands of red-hot Ersan Ilysaova...

Bucks 110, 76ers 102

MILWAUKEE -- Ersan Ilyasova had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks held off a late rally for a 110-102 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. After finishing with 27 points and 14 rebounds Sunday in Portland, Ilyasova has recorded double-doubles in consecutive games for the first time this season. He shot 65 percent (20...

Sixers Nick Young dunks on 1 of the leagues best shot blockers, Bucks Larry Sanders

The Philadelphia 76′ers season hasn’t turned out as expected with the arrival of Andrew Bynum- neither has the Lakers but I digress. The Sixers are outside the playoff picture currently behind the Celtics but being in the East, there’s always hope. During Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks, key reserve Nick Young had a crazy dunk over one of the leagues best...

Bucks GM John Hammond Agrees To 3-Year Extension

Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond has agreed to a three-year extension worth approximately $5.5 million combined, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person told USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the team does not disclose financial terms. The deal comes on the heels of the Bucks’ coaching change on Jan. 8, with Scott Skiles...

Bucks-Cavaliers Preview

The Milwaukee Bucks just gave their general manager a three-year extension, they're 6-2 under an interim coach and they're about to face a team they have mostly beaten of late. If Kyrie Irving plays near the level he did his last time out, though, the Cleveland Cavaliers can hardly be overlooked. The Bucks look to match their longest winning streak of the season at four...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.