Staff Writer: Ryan Ward
Every single season in the NBA whole fresh class of rookies come in to lead high hopes of becoming an NBA superstar.
Unfortunately, not all the rookies that come into the league on an annual basis can be superstars or even stay in the league, but there are a select few that actually can hang with the best of the best and make a big impression in their first year in the league.
Here’s a list of the three top candidates for the Rookie of the Year award:
Stephon Curry, Golden State Warriors
Before Stephon Curry got drafted was a lot of speculation on whether or not this young skinny kid in son of former NBA star Dell Curry could hack it on the next level.
On the college-level Stephon Curry had no problem competing as he was an absolute scoring machine with his unique ability to score from anywhere on the floor with his sweet shooting stroke.
The question wasn’t whether or not they still shoot with the same kind of consistency on the NBA level, but the question was whether or not his build and toughness would hold up on the professional level we have the face off against the best of the best.
Fortunately, the transition has been almost seamless for Stephon Curry as he has become a scoring machine on the NBA level. He a rough start to the beginning of the year, but since then has played brilliantly alongside All-Star caliber guard Monte Ellis.
The Golden State Warriors aren’t going anywhere this season as they will miss the playoffs once again, but there are high hopes for the future with Stephon Curry leading the way for Don Nelson and company.
Curry’s numbers this season: 16.5 ppg, 5.9 apg and 1.9 spg
Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks
No player in the history the NBA has been able to score 55 points in their first season in the league until Brandon Jennings did it this season against the Golden State Warriors.
When Jennings lit up the Warriors for a double nickel, everyone’s eyes were opened to the potential for this young kid who chose to play in Italy instead of going to college last year.
Many people believed that this kid out of high school was nothing more than a talented money hungry basketball player who looked for an alternative to the NBA’s new rule of at least a year on the college level.
Even though people were very skeptical of Brandon Jennings, the Milwaukee Bucks and never looked back after drafting him as he is completely turned around the franchise and become the undisputed leader of the team.
Jennings’ numbers this season: 15.6 ppg, 5.0 apg and 1.2 spg
Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings
All three of these rookie of year candidates numbers are pretty close in comparison, but the one glaring difference is Tyreke Evans ability to score the basketball.
Stephon Curry, Brandon Jennings and Tyreke Evans are all great defenders with at least 1.2 steals per game. Along with the steals, these three guards also have the ability to get their teammates involved with at least five assists per game.
Even though all of these players of the point guards of the future and very talented youngsters, Evans has shown the ability to dominate on the offensive end of the floor with his dynamic scoring ability.
Everyone of these players is a legitimate candidate for the Rookie of the Year award and this race for a season award is probably the closest out of all them this season, but in the end, Evans will walk away with this award.
Evans’ numbers this season: 20.3 ppg, 5.6 apg and 1.5 spg