Everyone knew it would happen eventually. The question was: When?
Evans notched 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out 10 assists. His last stat that pushing him over the top, an assisted pass to Francisco Garcia curling off a screen for an 18-foot jump shot.
Tyreke Evans has been phenomenal for the Kings this season and his play has been so stellar Sacramento was comfortable trading their former star player, Kevin Martin, in order to make room for the former Memphis Tiger.
Evans is the future of the franchise and they made that statement in a very bold way at the trade deadline by acquiring Carl Landry.
Evans accomplished this feet on a night that was dedicated to him at Arco Arena.
It was somewhat of a publicity push for Rookie of the Year, something that seems very attainable to the New Jersey native.
Along with Tyreke Evans, there is the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry and New Orleans' Darren Collison. Both have played incredibly well for their respective teams. And let me not forget Brandon Jennings, the man with the 55-point game.
But shortly after that game Jennings numbers dropped significantly.
The Compton native is shooting a woeful 37 percent from the field while shooting 38 percent from behind the three point line. The wiry and lightening fast guard has boundless potential. If he can mature he will be around for years to come.
Stephen Curry is plain and simple a basketball player. A lot of people wondered if he could play in the NBA, and the answer is a undeniable yes. The kid got off to a slow start but has picked it up in a hurry.
Curry won Western Conference Rookie of the Month for the month of January and was in the three-point shootout. He has a sweet stroke and a high basketball IQ.
Darren Collison has stepped up in a big way since Chris Paul fell to injury. The former Bruin is keeping the Hornets in the playoff hunt and looking like a player that many teams may be kicking themselves for passing on. He is putting up some very large numbers, around 20 points and 8 assists on average, since CP3 was forced to sit out.
But back to Evans, on the PR night that was dedicated to him he rose to the occasion. He is the type of player not afraid to take the big shots and make things happen. Many people severely underrated the man they call 'Reke, but at this point there should be no question about how serious of a talent he is.
At the ripe young age of 20, Evans has nowhere to go but up. And it is scary in the best possible way to think about how good he really could be. The best part is he is wearing a purple, black, and white uniform.
Something I thought would never happen.
But now, Sacramento has a real talent to build around and probably the best rookie to play for the Kings in franchise history since the great Big O, Oscar Robertson.
The team was known as the Royals then.
So it has been quite a while. Clearly.
Regardless of whether Evans wins the Rookie of the Year award, one thing is for sure. Aside from more triple doubles, there are big things to come from Tyreke Evans.