NBA Rookie of the Year Race 12-18

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By: David Kay

Welcome to a weekly feature here at the The Sports Bank where we break down the top rookies in the NBA and who has the edge to win the Rookie of the Year Award.  With the top overall pick Blake Griffin still sidelined, a pair of rookie point guards are battling it out for the top spot.  Check out the updated Rookie of the Year Race.
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2010 NBA Rookie of the Year Race

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By: David Kay

With the first overall pick, Blake Griffin still sidelined, the battle for the NBA Rookie of the Year award is becoming a two horse race.  Every week, David Kay breaks down the top rookies in the association.  Check out his latest rankings.
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2010 NBA Rookie of the Year Race

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By: David Kay

Welcome to a weekly feature here at the The Sports Bank where we break down the top rookies in the NBA and who has the edge to win the Rookie of the Year Award.  Check back every Thursday for an update.

The 2009 NBA Draft was dubbed “The Point Guard Draft” and now we are seeing why.  The top five players on my Rookie of the Year Race run the point.  Here are the updated Rookie of the Year Race Standings:

1. Brandon Jennings, Bucks (Last Week Ranking: #1)

’09-’10: 21.5 ppg, 5.8 apg, 3.9 rpg, 1.2 spg
My ’09-’10 Prediction: 12 ppg, 7 apg, 2 spg

Jennings has really struggled shooting the ball during the past week (32% in his last four games.)  He is still doing a nice job of finding teammates even though the Bucks have cooled off, losing five of their last six.

2. Tyreke Evans, Kings (LWR: #2)
’09-’10: 19.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.25 spg
My ’09-’10 Prediction: 17.0 ppg, 5 rpg, 6 apg, 2 spg

Evans continues to produce as I expected him to in his rookie season.  With injuries to Kevin Martin and Francisco Garcia, Evans has been one of the main reasons Sacramento is off to a surprising 9-8 start.

3. Jonny Flynn, Timberwolves (LWR: #4)
’09-’10: 14.3 ppg, 3.8 apg, 2.6 rpg, 1.1 spg
My ’09-’10 Prediction: 15 ppg, 7 apg, 1.75 spg

Flynn is still holding onto the starting job in Minnesota despite Ramon Sessions outplaying him on some nights.  He cut back on his turnovers during the past week which has been a major issue in the first part of his rookie season.

4. Stephen Curry, Warriors (LWR: #3)
’09-’10: 10.2 ppg, 5.4 apg, 3.1 rpg, 1.5 spg
My ’09-’10 Prediction: 12 ppg, 4 apg, 3 rpg

Curry has yet to really light up the scoreboard like he did so often at Davidson, yet he continues to see heavy minutes for Golden State.  I can’t help but wonder how better he would be suited playing somewhere else and not in the same backcourt as Monta Ellis.

Check out then entire Rookie of the Year Rankings.

2010 NBA Rookie of the Year Race

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By: David Kay

1. Brandon Jennings, Bucks (Last Week Ranking: #1)
’09-’10: 23.4 ppg, 5.8 apg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2 spg
My ’09-’10 Prediction: 12 ppg, 7 apg, 2 spg

He is single-handedly reviving the Bucks franchise as they are out to an 8-5 start.  Jennings scoring has dipped since Michael Redd returned from injury, but more so because Jennings has shot 10-36 in those two games.

2. Tyreke Evans, Kings (LWR: #2)
’09-’10: 19.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.5 spg
My ’09-’10 Prediction: 17.1 ppg, 5 rpg, 6 apg, 2 spg

All of my Tyreke Evans gushing is definitely paying off.  Evans has shown his ability to attack the basket and has an improving mid-range game.  He is turning the ball over at a high rate, but that is to be expected playing on a terrible Kings team.  I still no have question that he will be something special in the NBA.

3. Stephen Curry, Warriors (LWR: #5)
’09-’10: 10.2 ppg, 5.2 apg, 3.1 rpg, 1.4 spg
My ’09-’10 Prediction: 12 ppg, 4 apg, 3 rpg

The trade of Stephen Jackson for Raja Bell, who is injured, has opened up the opportunity for Curry to see consistent playing time.  He has shot the ball well from deep and proved more than capable of running the point in the NBA.

4. Jonny Flynn, Timberwolves (LWR: #4)
’09-’10: 14.1 ppg, 3.2 apg, 2.5 rpg, 1.1 spg
My ’09-’10 Prediction: 15 ppg, 7 apg, 1.75 spg

Through 15 games, Flynn has five more turnovers than assists which is a bit startling.  He has not shot the ball exceptionally well as the T-Wolves have now lost 14 straight since winning their season opener against New Jersey.

5. Terrence Williams, Nets (LWR: #3)
’09-’10: 10.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, .6 spg
’09-’10 Prediction: 7 ppg, 4 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2 spg

With Devin Harris and Courtney Lee back in the line-up, Williams’ playing time will likely take a hit.  Still, he has done a lot of nice things for the winless Nets though his numbers should drop due to his decreased playing time.

Check out the rest of the Rookie of the Year Rankings.

2010 NBA Rookie of the Race

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By: David Kay

Before the season even began, a buddy of mine kept claiming Brandon Jennings was the next Allen Iverson.  I refused to buy into his hype.  Then Jennings had to go off for 55 points on Saturday night as he is pretty much saving basketball in the city of Milwaukee.  Now, I am buying into the hype and so should you.  Check out the updated rankings for The Sports Bank’s NBA Rookie of the Year Race.

1. Brandon Jennings, Bucks (Last Week Ranking: #1)
’09-’10: 24.8 ppg, 5.8 apg, 4.7 rpg, 1.1 spg
My ’09-’10 Prediction: 12 ppg, 7 apg, 2 spg
His 55-point performance Saturday night was ridiculous, even if it did come against the defensively handicapped Warriors.  29 third quarter points after scoring zero in the first 12 minutes of the game?  Unbelieveble.  Jennings is not only the hands down rookie of the year pick, but the argument could be made that he is a top five candidate for league MVP.

2. Tyreke Evans, Kings (LWR: #2)
’09-’10: 16.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.5 spg
My ’09-’10 Prediction: 17.1 ppg, 5 rpg, 6 apg, 2 spg
Since Kevin Martin went down, Evans has been the top scorer for the Kings and is still a consistent performer in all areas of the game.  He has shot the ball better during the past week despite the added responsibility.

3. Terrence Williams, Nets (LWR: #4)
’09-’10: 10.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, .7 spg
’09-’10 Prediction: 7 ppg, 4 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2 spg
T-Will is one of the few bright spots for the 0-12 Nets.  He recorded a career-high 20 points Wednesday night off the bench and will still see quality playing time despite the return of CD-R.

4. Jonny Flynn, Timberwolves (LWR: #3)
’09-’10: 13.8 ppg, 3.2 apg, 3.1 rpg, 1.3 spg
My ’09-’10 Prediction: 15 ppg, 7 apg, 1.75 spg
Flynn is averaging one more turnover per game than assist per game. He is starting for the T-Wolves who have lost 11 straight since beating the 0-12 Nets in the season opener.  The former Syracuse star is doing nothing spectacular.

Check out the entire Rookie of the Year Rankings.

2010 NBA Rookie of the Year Race

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By: David Kay

Welcome to a weekly feature here at the The Sports Bank where we break down the top rookies in the NBA and who has the edge to win the Rookie of the Year Award.  Check back every Thursday for an update.

Injuries have allowed several rookies to begin to flourish for their respective teams.  One rookie is gaining ground on the early favorite to claim the honor.  Here is the updated Rookie of the Year rankings.

1. Brandon Jennings, Bucks (Last Week Ranking: #1)
’09-’10: 20.7 ppg, 5.2 apg, 4.3 rpg, 1.3 spg
My ’09-’10 Prediction: 12 ppg, 7 apg, 2 spg

Just when I debating whether to drop Jennings out of the top spot, he drops 32 points in the Bucks win against Denver and TOTALLY redeems himself.  Milwaukee is now a surprising 4-2 which is impressive considering Michael Redd’s injury.  Jennings is a big part of the reason for that.

2. Tyreke Evans, Kings (LWR: #4)
’09-’10: 16.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.5 spg
My ’09-’10 Prediction: 17.5 ppg, 5 rpg, 6 apg, 2 spg

Now that Kevin Martin has joined Francisco Garcia as injured Kings and Desmond Mason has been released, Evans is shouldering a much heavier load.  Strange how Sacramento hasn’t missed a beat though as they have won three straight with Evans leading the way.  He scored 32 in a win at Utah and put together a 20 point, 8 rebound, 8 assist game Tuesday vs. the Thunder.

3. Jonny Flynn, Timberwolves (LWR: #3)
’09-’10: 15.0 ppg, 3.2 apg, 3.4 rpg, 1.3 spg
My ’09-’10 Prediction: 15 ppg, 7 apg, 1.75 spg

Despite the T-Wolves eight game losing skid, Flynn has been solid.  The assist total is much lower than expected and Minnesota needs him to become more of a playmaker.

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4. Terrence Williams, Nets (LWR: #6)
’09-’10: 10.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, .4 spg
’09-’10 Prediction: 7 ppg, 4 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2 spg

Having four Net starters either injured or sick has meant a spot in the starting line-up and more playing time for the former Louisville Cardinal.  As expected, he has struggled shooting the ball, but using his versatility to be a factor in other aspects of the game.

Check out the rest of the Rookie of Year Race Rankings and NBA Power Rankings.

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