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Tyreke Evans Is The Real Deal

James WongCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2009

This is a straight-up call out to any former or existing doubters of Tyreke Evans, including myself. Evans is the real deal.

The topic of one of my first articles here on B/R was an open query regarding Tyreke's ability to fill the role that the Sacramento Kings drafted him for.

I verbalised my thoughts by questioning Sacramento's decision to draft Evans as their point guard, despite the fact that the likes of Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn were still available.

I wouldn't go as far as to call my article "hating", but it did seem to be more slanted towards a potential failed rookie season by Evans. After all didn't the Kings already possess a deadly assassin in the backcourt called Kevin Martin in addition to offensive pieces like Jason Thompson and Spencer Hawes?

Logically it would seem that the Kings needed a distributor, not a scoring-orientated guard who some draft scouts were comparing to Dwyane Wade.

Nearly two months into the regular season the Kings have made my publicly-voiced queries look absurd. I can't comprehend how he's done it, but Evans has been getting it done on a nightly basis.

To say Tyreke Evans has met expectations would be an understatement.

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He has completely and devastatingly exceeded what has been expected of him, demonstrating a potent ability to score the rock whilst simultaneously distributing to teammates and involving peers.

I won't jump to the other end of the spectrum and praise him unconditionally, but I will provide a statistic that some may not have yet uncovered.

With averages of 20.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG and 5.1 APG Evans is on track to be the first rookie to average 20-5-5 since LeBron James.

Too good to be true? Heck no, Tyreke Evans is the real deal.

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