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Rookie of the Year Rankings

 

 

 

  • Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings (23-44)

 

Season

Team

G

GS

MPG

FG%

3p%

FT%

OFF

DEF

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

TO

PF

PPG

09-10

SAC

62

62

37.2

0.462

0.256

0.749

0.9

4.2

5.1

5.6

1.5

0.4

2.9

2.8

20.3

 

The Rookie of the Year Rankings are much more difficult to evaluate than the Race to MVP this year. Tyreke Evans has been putting up consistent numbers this entire season, and has proven to be a vital threat to other teams even at his young age. You cannot take wins into as much consideration as the MVP rankings because the better player you are out of college, the worse team you are drafted to, so it is not always easy to turn a team around in just one season. Tyreke Evans has single-handedly made his team better, and his numbers are far superior than the other rookies. As a rookie point guard to be shooting 46% from the field, and well above his competitors for R.O.Y. is just one indicator for why he deserves the award. 20 point, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in a rookie season has only been done by legends, which many believe this player will end up being.

 

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  • Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks (36-29)

 

Season

Team

G

GS

MPG

FG%

3p%

FT%

OFF

DEF

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

TO

PF

PPG

09-10

MIL

65

65

33.3

0.369

0.385

0.813

0.6

3.0

3.6

6.1

1.3

0.3

2.5

2.2

15.8

 

Early in the season, this rookie phenom put up 55 points against the Warriors, everyone thought he was a lock for Rookie of The Year. In a draft full of a point guards, he was already considered the best and analysts criticized teams such as Minnesota Timberwolves for not taking him earlier in the draft. He went through a cold streak throughout February but has still maintained a solid average throughout the season. His 37% FG and inconsistency is disconcerting. He is leading the rookies in assists at 6.1 and have won 11 of their last 12 games. Many are probably wondering how Tyreke Evans can be placed above him, when he is sitting in the 5th spot in the East. Well first of all, Jennings was drafted to a Bucks team that was already significantly better than the Kings, who had double the wins (34) that the Kings did (17) in the previous season. Secondly, Jennings does not have to have an astonishing game every night in order to win because he has the help of Andrew Bogut, Jerry Stackhouse, and the new addition of John Salmons. Since the acquisition of John Salmons, they have only lost one game because of the impact he has been making. Nonetheless, Jennings has proven critics wrong that he could skip college and go to Europe for a year and still come be an effective NBA player. He needs to be more consistent and he will be one of the top point guards in the league.

 

 

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  • Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors (18-48)

Season

Team

G

GS

MPG

FG%

3p%

FT%

OFF

DEF

RPG

APG

SPG

BPG

TO

PF

PPG

09-10

GSW

66

63

35.9

0.461

0.424

0.884

0.5

3.7

4.2

5.5

1.8

0.2

3.0

3.2

16.4

 

Stephen Curry had a slow start to the season finding his way as a point guard, but has really come on strong as the season has progressed. If he had played the whole season like he has this past month, he would be on top of this list regardless of the team’s abysmal record. He has worked extremely hard to develop an all-around point guard game, instead of just the pure shooter he was known for in college. He has been consistently flirting with triple doubles since the all-star break, including tonight against the Lakers with 29 points, 9 assists, and 5 rebounds. An ideal shooting percentage for pure shooters such as Ray Allen and Steve Nash go for what analysts call a 50-40-90, which is shooting 50% FG (Curry- 46%), 40% 3P (Curry- 42%), and 90% FT ( Curry-88%). For such a young player to be so close to these numbers that only the best shooters in history have had, shows what type of player he has already developed to be. The future is bright in Golden State which this rookie phenom.

 

 

By: Evan Shugerman
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer


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