As a companion piece to my weekly “Rookie Report” at the Fantasy Basketball Report, each Friday a different rookie will be looked at in-depth.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings has taken the NBA by surprise this season, getting off to a great start after just one season in Europe. But he was actually eclipsed in rookie value over the past week by Sacramento’s Tyreke Evans, who is quickly making the most of Kevin Martin’s extended absence.
The Kings are an awful team that entered the season relying on enormous production from Martin and young forwards Spencer Hawes and Jason Thomson as well as free agent veteran Andres Nocioni.
Hawes has struggled, Nocioni has gotten into some trouble after driving drunk and Martin is out for the next two months with a fractured left wrist. The Kings are a team screaming for some one to grab the reins and Evans has obliged.
In his last four games, Evans is averaging 22.5 points, 0.8 3-pointers, 5.5 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game. His .403 FG% during that span is to be expected as his attempts increase but he is solid from the line, shooting .868 in 9.5 attempts per game.
Basically, he’s been a Top 25 player over the past two weeks – a remarkable feat for a rookie.
Evans’ numbers are a little inflated from what to expect for the remainder of the season. Soon, opponents will make some adjustments and find his weaknesses. And Martin will eventually return and get a majority of the Kings’ shots.
But Evans will be one of the most valuable rookies over the next couple of months and is gaining experience that will make him an impact player for the remainder of the season.