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Tyreke Evans really, really, really wants to be rookie of the year

Apr 8, 2010, 3:22 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for evans_game.jpgTyreke Evans is a man among boys in the rookie class and a couple months back everybody knew he was going to win rookie of the year going away. Which he should — he’s close to averaging 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game. The only other rookies to do that are Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

Evans is elite, but voters are fickle. Brandon Jenning’s team started winning, and Stephen Curry started hitting a lot of shots, and ROY became a debate again. As if getting drafted on to a better team should matter in the award. Or if consistency over a season shouldn’t count for something. But whatever, voters have their reasons.

But let it be know, media members, Tyreke Evans really, really wants your vote and said so to the Sacramento Bee.

“It’s like, ’20-5-5,’ ” he related, with a slight headshake. ” ‘You gotta get it.’ People tell me I need this many rebounds or that many points. But … the Rookie of the Year Award is the one I want, and I want to keep getting better. When I come back next year, I’m going to have a midrange jump shot.”

It’s the last sentence that should impress — he knows what he needs to take the next step and is going to focus on it. Which will not be easy because is going to get pulled a lot of directions as the front man for the Kings marketing campaign. But you sense a focus around this man.

A decade from now, we’d look back and scoff at the voters if anyone other than Evans won this. In a rookie class with a surprising number of good guards, Evans is the elite. He is the potential superstar. He is the savior of a franchise and may help keep them from moving.

Plus, he really, really, really wants the ROY award.

  1. JonJ - Apr 8, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Tyreke Evans should be ROY. Curry is good since the all star break, jennings was decent the 1st 2 months but dropped off big time.
    But Tyreke has been good since the beginning and all the way through. 20/5/5…. its not easy. Only those 3 legends have done it. I think a lot of media people are forgetting how hard it is to get 20/5/5 for even veterans, let alone a rookie.
    Tyreke also gets defended by guys like Ron Artest, Brandon Roy, basically the best perimeter defender of any team. Does Curry or Jennings get that treatment? NO

  2. Filipe - Apr 8, 2010 at 4:45 PM

    He should be worried to learn how to distribute the ball more than just getting a jumper at least if he truly wants to be a PG.
    It says a lot about NBA right now that we gonna get the second PG ROY in a row who is a below average passer.

  3. Tom - Apr 8, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    Curry is averaging 17 pts 6 assists and 4 reb plus almost 2 steals a game. He puts out better effort on defense and makes some incredible plays. I’m not saying he should win the ROY over Reke but I’m tired of people acting like its incredulous that people would talk about it.

  4. Jeremy - Apr 8, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Are you seriously gonna say that Curry, playing on the notoriously bad defensively Warriors and who is known at least now in his career as lackluster on D, is putting better effort on D than Tyreke? Ok man, Tyreke is already a top defender not only for the rookie class, but for his position. He has shut down multiple elite players and consistently does well on D when it truly matters. In the end, Reke is having a top decade rookie season, while Curry is having a ROY worthy season.

  5. Andrew - Apr 8, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    This whole Tyreke love is getting ridiculous. The argument about him doing it the entire year is getting so old. Now that Tyreke has missed a week or so due to injury, does that eliminate him from being ROY, since he hasn’t played the same level the entire year? Of course it doesn’t! So the “entire season” argument shouldn’t be used in his favor either. Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t be surprised or upset if Tyreke wins it, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if Curry wins it as well, or even if it ends up being a split between the two.

  6. Andrew - Apr 8, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Yes, Tyreke is averaging 20-5-5. Puts him in elite rookie status historically. Here’s more similar type of stats for you. Only 3 rookies has ever scored over 30 points and had over 10 assists in a game … Oscar Robertson has the most for a rookie, Michael Jordan is tied for second with Stephen Curry with 5 games. Steph has the 3rd most this year, after Wade and Lebron. Tyreke is having a historic rookie season, but he’s not the only one.

  7. Angelo - Apr 8, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    The significance of the 20/5/5 stat is FAR MORE significant than a single game performance. Anyone without bias will agree with me. Pull your head out of your ass. Evans is averaging 20/5/5 for over 70 games! Thats one whole season of ridiculous numbers. If it isnt in the bag now then its just a case of everyone hating on Evans and the Kings. Hes the only superstar talent out of the draft. Tell me how hard it is to score 20+ points per game while starting for the warriors. Everytime i see that teams final score its between 120-130 points. Theyve got NBDL players regularly scoring 30 points on that team. ROY isnt an arguement as far as the clear thinking person is concerned. You fail.

  8. Angelo - Apr 8, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    And no Andrew, this whole Tyreke “love” isnt getting ridiculous. Evans rookie year has great historical significance in the NBA. The man deserves sole possession of the ROY award. I will be EXTREMELY surprised if there is any outcome other than Evans being the sole recipient of the award. There is no possible way to justify any other rookie winning the award because no other rookie has had as good of a season as Tyreke. You may go now.

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