According to Sactown Royalty reports, Sacramento Kings star Tyreke Evans will be named the league’s Rookie of the Year. The announcement is expected to be made towards the end of the week.
Evans has put up the best production of any rookie in the NBA for the entire season. His season totals of 20.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.5 steals put him in elite company. The only other members of the 20-5-5 Rookie Club include Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson and LeBron James. Not bad company by any stretch of the imagination.
The only slight against Evans all season has been his team’s poor performance. They were nowhere near playoff contention this season, and they won’t be in playoff contention in the Western Conference for at least a few more seasons.
That being said, Stephan Curry, another popular choice, played for an equally bad team in the Golden State Warriors. Further, the run-and-gun style of the Warriors is a known stat-booster for all players involved. Despite the offensive game plan that Warriors coach Don Nelson utilizes, Curry only started averaging 21.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 7.7 assists after the all-star break. Evans has put up the same numbers -- less two assists -- for the entire season.
The other popular choice for Rookie of the Year was Milwaukee Bucks star point guard Brandon Jennings. The Bucks guard wowed fans with a memorable 55-point outing early in the season, and consistently put up solid efforts while helping his team get the sixth seed in the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs. Although Jennings played a somewhat large role in the success that his team has had in the 2009-10 season, he was not the sole factor. Furthermore, his individual statistics after his 55-point explosion were not been as consistently stellar as those of Evans’ and Curry.
Neither the Kings, nor the NBA, has confirmed that Evans has won the close race.