Thursday, April 8th, 2010 at 12:30 pm  |  30 responses

Tyreke Evans Really Wants the ROY Award

‘Reke tells the SacBee that the award is weighing heavily on his mind: “Tyreke Evans will be the happiest man in America when the season ends Tuesday and he is advised to sit near his phone because NBA officials are calling from Manhattan. The 6-foot-6 guard appears on the verge of winning the Rookie of the Year Award ā€“ and we temper the remarks only because even the most scientific pollsters get scooped once in a while, and because Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings continue to linger. Both players can present impassioned arguments for their selection, with Curry orchestrating Don Nelson’s march past Lenny Wilkens’ career coaching victories record and Jennings’ fast-forwarding the Bucks toward the playoffs. Meantime, here waits Tyreke, who seemed to be pressing in his past two outings, coincidentally, against two superb defensive clubs. He swears he isn’t unduly distracted by the hoopla, but you have to wonder. Some of those old bad habits reappeared. He drove into clusters of defenders. Slowly dribbled the ball upcourt. Committed a series of unforced turnovers. Particularly in the fourth quarter, he could have used a nap. ‘I feel like there’s a lot of stuff on me,’ Evans admitted after Wednesday’s practice, ‘but I’m trying not to worry about it. I’m trying not to jack shots up, just to get guys involved. I know I’m right there in the rookie race. It would be a real honor and it would help this program, would be good for the city … It’s like, ’20-5-5,’ he related, with a slight headshake. ‘You gotta get it.’ People tell me I need this many rebounds or that many points. But ā€¦ the Rookie of the Year Award is the one I want, and I want to keep getting better. When I come back next year, I’m going to have a midrange jump shot.”‘

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  • DDB

    When he says “The City” is he referring to Chester or Sacramento?

  • I’m Not Famous

    At least he knows when he comes back next year he’s going to need a midrange shot.

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Lets hope he finds that jumpshot…but he is definitely Rookie of the year if you look at the ENTIRE season…not just stretches of excellence. Jennings fg% is to low and Curry took too long to get going.

  • mike

    Curry will end up the better player

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Can we get Co-ROY’s this year? Tyreke and Curry both have been phenomenal..

  • http://dsfjklf.com Jukai

    I don’t even think it’s a remote contest. Curry’s been phenomenal for half the season. Tyreke for the entire season. How can you even compare them?

  • stevenashjr13

    “the Rookie of the Year Award is the one I want, and I want to keep getting better. When I come back next year, Iā€™m going to have a midrange jump shot”

    Seems like his head is half-way in the right spot. If I was a Kings fan I’d rather have him working on that jump shot than worrying about the award that’s pretty much already his.

  • Kendrick is God

    @mike what!? tyreke has a much higher cieling than curry, he cant even shoot yet but hes getting 20ppg no contest for ROY.

  • http://www.motherjones.com AndTheJellosJigglin

    Of course it is weighing on him. It is the only thing anyone in the Kings organization can talk about- the only thing interesting they have to talk about considering they have the 3rd worst record in the league. At least he’s being honest…

  • Epsilon Nupe

    How about Eddy Curry For ROY?he’s being a beast for NY all year!

  • Tee

    Steph Curry

  • Rob

    Tyreke is the only player who deserves that award because he’s the only one who plays hard at both ends of the floor. He’s better offensively but he’s the best defender among the above mentioned. Not even debatable.

  • Atrain

    This is the difference: Reke wants ROY, Jennings wants Playoffs

    Nuff said

  • Shem

    This was a surprisingly good draft class. Blake Griffin has yet to play, Thabeet will either be a bust or a superstar I personally think bust, but he has potential. DeRozan and Harden are on teams that are desperate for a prolific scoring guard. A lot of players with a lot of potential. Only bad choice I see is Jordan Hill who’s already off to a bad start.

  • ai come back

    yeah atrain no man step currys got a shot and hes on a team with more talent than the kings……yet they still lose with the most winningiest coach ever and constant injiuries that give him playing time hes good no doubt but hey man tyreke is in the company of mj, lebron, and big o. putting him there is good enough unless stpehen is breaking every franchise record out there

  • davidR

    ai come back, are you seriously saying that the warriors with all their d-leaguers are a more talented team than sacramento?

  • davidR

    oh and, i hope you know that steph is the first rookie since jordan to have 5 30pt/10ast games. not even cp3 did it as a rookie. also, curry’s outplayed tyreke in nearly all their head2head matchups. anyway, as good as tyreke has been the whole season, i really feel the ROY race is a lot closer than people think. curry has been phenomenal, and a lot of you are seriously underrating his defensive abilities. it’s only fair they both get the award as CO-ROYs

  • FearTheDEER

    Biased Vote: Jennings for ROY. 55 OVER Curry
    and multiple wins over the Kings

  • ripslice

    I don’t understand the argument for Curry. Jennings took his team to the playoffs, Evans averaged a 20-5-5 and is the best player on his team. Curry’s team sucks and he only warmed up in the second half of the season.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Shem: Jordan Hill is NOT off to a bad start. He was a horrible pick because the Knicks could have had Jennings, but that’s it.
    He’s doing just fine in Houston, and showing a lot of real promise. D’Antoni was a fool not to play him; Adelman is smart for knowing how to use him, and grooming him into the next Carl Landry/Scola.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Brandon Jennings is ROY, team success should matter more than a dude on a sorry team averaging 20 5 5.

  • doyouwantmore

    This is the difference: Tyreke is a better player, but Brandon Jennings has tried more hairstyles and mugged for more commercials. Fans of the sport like Tyreke. Fanboys of the moment like Jennings.

  • http://sevendeu2u.wordpress.com/ Seven Duece

    ^ did you say that with Lebron as well?

  • davidR

    ripslice, the kings and warriors have identical records so you can also say tyreke’s team sucks too

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The Seed: Team Success doesn’t mean THAT much for the rookie of the year award. Seriously. Individual best rookie should win it, otherwise LeBron James wouldn’t have won ROY, nor Kevin Durant.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    True davidR, only Tyreke is averaging 20 5 and 5. While Curry is averaging a respectable and very promising 17 and 6, 20 5 and 5 is incredible for a rookie.

  • The Philosopher

    I truly believe Jennings is the rookie of the year. But, all three (Jennings, Evans, Curry) are special players. We all know that.

  • big_ticket

    hopefully he will win it

  • ROY Voter

    Warriors and Bucks will make playoffs next year while the Kings struggle to hit 25 wins with ballhogging Tyreke busy stat padding. lol ROY will be the only accomplishment in his career.

  • http://theviewfromthestudentsection.blogspot.com Mike