The Calipari Effect: Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, and John Wall

June 11th, 2010 by Blake Mehigan Leave a reply »
Thus far, John Calipari has turned out a Rookie of the Year two years running. Now he has another, John Wall, poised to be the first pick for the second time in three years and an early candidate for Rookie of the Year. Derrick Rose has carried his team to the playoffs his first two years in the league. He pushed a savvy Boston Celtics team to a seventh game in the first round. This playoff appearance came off a hot run to cap off the regular season, spurred by a couple of key mid-season acquisitions. Rose appears to be a premier point guard for years to come, with his combination of size, strength, and athleticism. The Kings, who had the worst record in the league two seasons ago, still did not win the lottery. Many thought the talent level of the draft was limited to Blake Griffin, Ricky Rubio, and the rest of them. Blake Griffin didn't even play due to injuries and Ricky Rubio stayed overseas. It ended up being a much deeper draft than anticipated and Evans accomplished a feat only done three other times in a rookie season. His three predecessors averaged at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists per game. Those three were Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, and LeBr ...

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