10. Tyreke Evans, 2009-2010
Vital Stats: 20.1 pts, 5.3 rbs, 5.8 ast, 1.5 stls, 0.4 blks, 45.8% FG, 25.5% 3PT, 74.8% FT
Advanced Stats: 18.2 PER, .529 TS%, 8.1 RB%, 26.1 AST%, 5.4 WS, 26.2% USG, 2.5 VORP
I can see some of you rolling your eyes right now, but hear me out. Yes, the whole “20-5-5” Rookie of the Year push was a cynical exercise at best, and it’s why I can’t in good faith place this higher than the tenth spot. BUT, when you look at the tape, and the numbers, Tyreke Evans winning the award (yes, even over Steph Curry) was defensible at the time.
What stands out the most to me is his assist rate, an impressive 26.1%. He was a major focal point of the offense; hence, Evans was responsible for a ton of the points the Kings scored at the time. He also had a remarkable feel for the big moment, as his highlight reel proved. Check it out below.
I almost don’t have room to mention the epic comeback against the Bulls.
Simply put, Evans was the Sacramento Kings in 2010. He briefly put a sad-sack franchise back on the map. Even if you know how the story ended, props have to go to Tyreke.