Staff Writer: Ryan Ward
Coming into this NBA season there was a talented class of rookies that were looking to prove themselves on the next level, but despite rookie phenom point guard Brandon Jennings leading the way for the Rookie of the Year award after lighting up the Golden State Warriors for 55 points, two other rookies have surpassed him and are the frontrunners for top rookie honors.
Brandon Jennings may be the future of the Milwaukee Bucks, especially with their leading scorer Michael Redd going down for the season once again and will probably no longer be with the team after this year, but the Golden State Warriors sharp shooting rookie Stephon Curry and the scoring machine point guard Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings look like they are in a head-to-head battle for the rookie award.
Before he became a Pro, Stephon Curry was a skinny kid with a baby face and not many people thought could transcend his game on the professional level after being the dominant scorer in college. Despite everyone coming out this kid and son of former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry, he has played exceptionally well this season becoming one of the best offensive threats in the game.
Last season the Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose impressed everyone around the league with is exceptional athletic ability and his poise under pressure as he played extremely well in the playoffs against the Boston Celtics. This series went down as one of the best series of all time as the Bulls and the Celtics went back and forth all series long with multiple overtime games.
Ultimately, Derrick Rose was named rookie of the year turn out to be much-deserved. This season no rookie besides maybe the Milwaukee Bucks Brandon Jennings been able to turn around franchise the way Derrick Rose did last season with the Chicago Bulls.
Even though Brandon Jennings will almost certainly get some consideration for the rookie of the year award, but it seems as though the Sacramento Kings Tyreke Evans and Golden State Warriors Stephon Curry have leaped ahead of Jennings in the race for the award as they have played brilliantly this season and have somewhat overshadowed Brandon Jennings 55 point game against the Golden State Warriors in the first half of the regular season.
Unfortunately, both the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings have been just awful teams this season and have absolutely no chance of making the playoffs this season. The Milwaukee Bucks on the other hand are a high seed in the Eastern Conference and seem to be playoff bound.
With that being said, Tyreke Evans and Stephon Curry haven’t had the impact that Brandon Jennings has had on his team this season.
Personally, I would pick Brandon Jennings to win this award, but in terms of offensive production it would have to go to Tyreke Evans who has averaged a rookie high 20.1 points per game up until this point in the season. Evans is also has the best field goal percentage at 46% and second in assists with 5.5 per game.
So even though I believe Brandon Jennings should win the award, the voters will most likely pick Tyreke Evans instead unless Stehpon Curry or Brandon Jennings do something spectacular before the end of the NBA regular season.