The Milwaukee Bucks picked up their former point guard Brandon Jennings on a 10-day contract this week but he may have earned himself a longer deal after just one game.
The veteran, who started the season in the Chinese Basketball Association, returned to the team that drafted him in 2009 after signing the short deal on Sunday and immediately made his second debut in Monday night's encounter with the Memphis Grizzlies.
The 28-year-old performed beyond anybody's expectations and inspired the Bucks to a routine win on the road - their first in Memphis since 2009.
Jennings almost posted a triple-double off the bench as he ended the game with 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds in a 121-103 victory.
"It's just all the hard work I was putting in in China," Jennings said after the game, per ESPN's Nick Friedell.
"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."
This was the point guard's first NBA game since last year when he was part of the Washington Wizards team that lost a game seven to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
Since being drafted in the first round by Milwaukee nine years ago, Jennings has featured for another four teams and has been unable to settle.
After failing to land an NBA team in the summer, the eight-year man humbled himself and accepted a move to China to play for Shanxi Zhongyu.
In February, he signed with the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks' G League affiliate, and was prepared to work his way back to the league the hard way.
His performance against the Grizzlies is the first sign of his hard work beginning to pay off and he credits his time in China with helping him get back to a good place both on and off the court.
"I just was able to find myself again mentally," Jennings said. "I was really mentally messed up in the head because of my, so called, career-ending injury. 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. It really helped me off the court being a better father too."
He can certainly add more playmaking and scoring to the Bucks as they look to hang onto the final playoff spot in the east.
The possibility of earning a deal until the end of the season looks realistic for him now after showing that he can still play at a high level.
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