Thank Heavens for Tyreke Evans: Why He Provides the Kings With Hope

DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IMay 26, 2010

SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 23:  Tyreke Evans #13 of the Sacramento in action against the Cleveland Cavaliers during an NBA game at ARCO Arena on December 23, 2009 in Sacramento, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Remember back when Tyreke Evans was in Memphis under the wing of Calipari? He looked like he could excel in the NBA, but nobody really expected him to be this good. Evans is a 6'6'' 220 pound guard for the Sacramento Kings, brought in after being selected with the fourth overall pick.

After the season he had this year he gave Kings' fans around the world a reason to believe.

Tyreke Evans is so talented. He can hurt you in many ways, but the most efficiently with the dribble-drive. He has the ability to handle the rock very well at 6'6'' and that benefits him well when driving to the lane.

I witnessed on many occasions how his ball-handling skills allowed him to get into the post and then came his athleticism to finish off the play.

Evans ended his rookie career in the NBA averaging 20.1 points, 5.8 assist, and 5.3 rebounds. Do I need to remind you of Lebron James' rookie numbers? They almost look identical with, 20.9 points, 5.9 assist, and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Evans joined Oscar Robertson, Lebron James and Michael Jordan as the only rookies to average 20 points, five assists, and five rebounds. Not to mention, he was the first player to bring a Rookie of the Year award to Sacramento since Phil Ford in 1978.

However, I can't say he is relatively unknown because after his Rookie of the Year award he was named to the USA Basketball 2010-12 Men’s National Team.

“It’s big,” Evans said. “Just to know I have a chance to win a gold medal … it’s a dream.”

This only helps the further development of the superstar guard. He'll have the chance to compete with the best of the best consistently in practice and on the court. He will gain a lot of leadership qualities playing with other point guards and he will learn great defensive tendencies watching Lebron James practice.

So better said, Tyreke Evans is a future superstar in this league who is not getting any respect for what he is doing with the Kings. He is a draft pick away from turning around this franchise, and if he is provided with the help needed, watch out for the Kings next season.

Watch out people, Tyreke Evans and the Sacramento Kings are ready to take the NBA by storm.