Has the Sacramento Kings’ Tyreke Evans Become Magic Johnson Lite?

November 23rd, 2010 by Scott Malewig Leave a reply »
Tyreke Evans can do things that few have done before him.

After a fantastic rookie season in which he averaged 20.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game, Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans was named the 2009-10 NBA Rookie of the Year.

The 20-year-old Pennsylvania native became the first Kings player to win a postseason award since 2003. Not only was his Rookie of the Year award impressive, but so was the way that he won it: He became the fourth rookie ever to compile a season average of (20-5-5). The only three before him were Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Also there were other contenders for the award including lead contender Stephon Curry and Brandon Jennings who poured in 55 points in one game during the season.

He has received a lot of praise from players around the league including Kobe Bryant saying "Tyreke Evans is going to be a hell of a player, [the Kings start] with him, so he has a really bright future."

He reminds me of a player that many shy away from comparing others to: Magic Johnson.

In Johnson’s rookie season he averaged a similar stat line of 18-7-7. Evans h ...

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