Tyreke Evans Named the 2010 NBA Rookie of the YearCategory: Basketball
Tyreke Evans is in pretty good company.
After averaging 20.1 points, 5.8 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game, he joined Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson and Lebron James as the only NBA players in history to average at least 20-5-5 in their rookie seasons.
Even though his team the Sacramento Kings failed to reach the 2010 NBA Playoffs finishing with the 3rd worst record of 25-57, Evans’ consistent play all throughout the season was enough for him to be awarded the NBA’s Rookie of the Year.
Selected by the Sacramento Kings as the 4th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the 6’6″ guard was consistent from the get go.
At the NBA All-Star Weekend, Tyreke Evans won the Rookie/Sophomore Game MVP award after recording 26 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals.
On March 11, 2010, Evans recorded his first career triple-double in a win against the Toronto Raptors scoring 19 points, giving 10 assists, and collaring 10 rebounds.
Evans is the first Kings rookie to win the award since the franchise moved to Sacramento. The last King to win the award was Phil Ford in 1979 when the Kings played in Kansas City.
Other noteworthy candidates for the Rookie of the Year Award are Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.
Evans was the only rookie to appear on all 123 ballots from a media panel, getting 67 first-place votes and 491 total points. Curry was second with 43 first-place votes and 391 points, with Jennings getting 12 first-place votes and 204 points. Players were awarded five points for a first-place vote, three for a second and one for a third.If you want to receive my latest posts, please subscribe to my full feed RSS or have them delivered through email. Just enter your email address below and hit the Subscribe button.