As Tom Ziller reported earlier Tuesday, Tyreke Evans will be named the 2010 Rookie of the Year. I didn’t want to post anything involving Tom’s breaking news until I could verify it myself (not a knock on Tom… just my own paranoia about this stuff) but sources have confirmed the story from Sactown Royalty is true. A press conference for Thursday is believed to be when the news will be officially announced by the team.
While having some very serious competition throughout the season from guys like Stephen Curry and Brandon Jennings, Tyreke was the only rookie that exhibited brilliance over the course of the entire season. He showed flashes as early as the second game of the season when he went toe-to-toe with Chris Paul and left with the All-Star’s complete respect. Then he took control of the franchise as the third youngest player in the NBA from the sixth game of the season until the final game.
Over the course of this season, he took on the opposing team’s best perimeter defender every night for the entire campaign and still ended up being the fourth player in NBA history to average 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists in a rookie season. To top that off, he showed the ability to develop into an elite defender one day with his size, quickness and go-go gadget wingspan.
Congratulations to Tyreke Evans and the Sacramento Kings for having the best rookie of the 2009-2010 NBA season.