With more than half of the 2009-2010 NBA season in the past, many new faces have been making huge impacts on teams that needed that spark. Rookies Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, and Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings have gave their respective teams a huge spark.
With a horrific injury to first overall selection Blake Griffin, rookies Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry, and Brandon Jennings have jumped at the opportunities to become the next Rookie of the Year.
Tyreke Evans, selected fourth overall by the Sacramento Kings, has made immediate impacts on both the offensive and defensive end for the Kings. Evans was recently selected as the Rookie Challenge game MVP. Evans’ 36.9 minutes per game and 20.5 points per game lead all rookies this season. He is also averaging 4.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. The future is very bright for this young man.
The Golden State Warriors made Stephen Curry their 7th overall selection in the 2009-2010 Draft. Curry’s 1.8 steals per game, .423 3-point shooting percentage, and .869 free throw percentage tops all rookies this season. Beyond those stats, Curry has been much bigger than that. He is tossing in 14.4 points per game, a player who is beyond his age in knowledge, and he dishes out 4.7 assists per contest. Curry will have a very solid career in the NBA, much like his father Dell Curry.
Brandon Jennings, one of the most talked about rookies in the entire NBA for skipping the collegiate ranks all together to play in Europe, was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the 10th overall pick. Jennings play has been stellar at times, but bad at other times. In his first season, Jennings net-scorching night on November 14, 2009 broke the points in a game for a rookie franchise mark. His 55 points broke the old record formerly held by Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Jennings 6.3 assists per game lead all rookies, he also is averaging 17.1 points per game, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per contest. The future looks solid for this “Young Buck.”
Looking towards the end of the year, all three of these rookies play for teams that are out of the playoff picture right now. The future is bright for all three of these super rookies, my prediction for Rookie of the Year will be Tyreke Evans. He is an NBA Superstar in the making.