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Report: Tyreke Evans to be named Rookie of the Year

Apr 27, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for evans_game.jpgIt would not be a surprise — after all he was the leading candidate for most of the year — but now it appears to be reality.

Tom Ziller at Sactown Royalty is reporting that Tyreke Evans will be named NBA Rookie of the Year.

We’re good with this, as this blog has been home to a lot of Evans love. However, unlike a lot of NBA Awards this year (sixth man, MVP) this was actually a race. Stephen Curry made a lot of fans as a fun gunner in the wide-open Golden State offense, but where he really impressed was his ability to run the point. Brandon Jennings made a lot of believers in him — starting with the entire city of Atlanta right now.

But Evans, to use Kobe Bryant’s description, is no rookie — he’s a grown ass man.

Evans can get to the rim as well as anyone in the league already –he led the NBA in shots per game at the rim averaging 8.4 per contest. In a league of slashers he did it better than anyone. He averaged 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game (the first guy since LeBron James to average that as a rookie).

More than all that, Evans has lifted up a team and a fanbase that was wallowing. Sacramento was in a bad place. There were no stars, there was no winning, plans for a new arena were (and are) frustrating. Evans play made him the one ray of hope. The one thing the Kings can build around. The guy who can return them to contender status.

After a draft that was much maligned, this turned out to be a very good and deep rookie class (with guys like Jennings, Serge Ibaka and DeJuan Blair making their presence felt in the playoffs). But Evans was the best and most consistent of the group, he is the guy who looks like he will be the best in his class five years from now.

  1. joe in minneapolis - Apr 27, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    We got robbed – it should have been Ricky Rubio!!
    Joe – the world’s last remaining T-Wolves fan.

  2. Pete - Apr 27, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    How can Jennings not be the rookie of the year after helping to lead his team to the playoffs, and now two victories in the playoffs? How many games did Sacramento play in the playoffs this year? Zero?

  3. Jason - Apr 27, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    compare the players in the bucks to the players in the kings. there are way better players in the bucks than kings. That is the reason the bucks are in the playoffs. the bucks are also in the weaker eastern conference.

  4. KoolaidkiD - Apr 27, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Good to see that the right guy one the Award. And I was starting to think that the NBA was fixed. At least they got this Award correct.
    Go Kings 2010! Kings with a Top 3 Pick and a 15% chance at the #1 Pick… look out. You might be seeing Tyreke playing alongside of Wall, Turner, Cousins, Favors, etc…

  5. bbgal - Apr 27, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Tyreke certainly deserves this title. After all, he always commanded the best defender on the opposing team, he achieved 20,5 and 5 (in spite of missing 5 games due to injury) and he overall was the most consistent player. Yes, Step, in spite of your ‘campaign manager’ calling everyone with a vote (except those in Sacto and Mil. areas – as to not let opposing canidates know what he was up )to ‘educate’ them – then calling back at last minute to let some know they could ‘still change their vote’ – you still didn’t surpass Tyreke’s achievements – not to say that you’re not and won’t continue to be an awesome player!

  6. bbgal - Apr 27, 2010 at 3:27 PM


  7. kate - Apr 27, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Why not have Tyreke Evans and Stephen curry as Co-Rookie of the year. Tyreke Evans played for a bad team, but he was able to start
    early as a starter, but Curry played for the worst team with a coach that doesn’t want to play rookies. So who is more disadvantage in this kind of situation ?

  8. Howard97 - Apr 27, 2010 at 3:59 PM

    As bbgal points out, Reke always commanded the oppositions best defender and still goes 20,5,5 AS A ROOKIE. Who else has done 20,5,5 in their rookie year? Yep, now 4 guys (Robertson who nearly did 30,10,10, Jordan, and LeBron). Who’s done it THIS year? 3 guys, one named Kobe, one named LeBron and Reke. He is a special player on ANY team.
    For all you who have NOT seen him play, you will. This guy, as humble as he is, picked apart MANY of the leagues best players. Kobe, LeBron, Duncan, Arenas, the list goes on. Do a search on youtube. And he’s a genuinely good guy, coachable, humble, hungry. Did you see him VOLUNTARILY share the MVP of the rookie/sophmore game. He won it and the first thing he says is that he wants to share it with Blair. That’s class.
    There were plenty of bad teams this year, and still no one stood out like Reke. He deserves this. Don’t hate just cause he’s a good guy.

  9. Jasmine - Apr 28, 2010 at 4:42 AM

    CONGRATS TYREKE!!!!!!!!!! VERY WELL DESERVED!!!!!!!!!! 😀

  10. pennsylvaniapolice - Apr 28, 2010 at 6:16 AM

    tyreke was involved in a drive-by gang related murder in high school but told on his cousin so he could go to college.

  11. pennsylvaniapolice - Apr 28, 2010 at 6:19 AM

    tyreke is a great guy. when he lived her in pennsylvania he was the driver in a gang related drive-by shooting that resulted in a rival gang member being murdered. he got off by telling on his cousin who was the shooter. he is currently being sued by the murdered young man’s family.

  12. truemvp - Apr 28, 2010 at 6:24 AM

    blair should have gotten the mvp of the rookie game anyways, he had over 20 rebounds and as many points as tyreke. and he was the driver in the drive-by shooting, so you’re right. very classy and great all around guy.

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