Among first-year NBA players, 2010 is the year of the point guard. Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings, Jonny Flynn, Stephen Curry, Ty Lawson, Darren Collison, Eric Maynor, and Jrue Holiday – all point guards – are contributing to their teams and contending for spots on the All-Rookie teams. The top 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year candidates are the next generation of great point guards.
3: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry made his name as a scorer in college, leading the nation in points during his final NCAA season. He has started his NBA career with more of an all-around game, averaging 13.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and a rookie-leading 1.82 steals per game (sixth in the league overall). Curry is shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 84.7 percent from the line which is best among rookies.
2: Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks
Brandon Jennings got off to an early lead among 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year candidates, though he has mostly come back down to Earth after a blazing start. Jennings has become the Bucks’ starting point guard and is the top assist man among rookies with 6.2 per game. Jennings is averaging 18.0 points, including a 55 point effort in just his seventh NBA game. He is having an excellent, almost All-Star caliber season and is currently the second best rookie behind Tyreke Evans.
1: Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings
Kings’ guard Tyreke Evans has been setting the bar for this season’s rookie class. With 20.9 points per game, Evans ranks top among rookies and 16th overall in the league in scoring. His 5.0 assists rank second, 4.9 rebounds fifth, and 1.5 steals second among all rookies. Evans is a major reason for Sacramento’s major turnaround from having the worst record in the league a year ago to nearly matching their entire win total from last year through half the season. At midseason, Tyreke Evans is the best of the 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year candidates.
Other 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year candidates include Omri Casspi of the Kings, Minnesota’s Jonny Flynn, Denver’s Ty Lawson, James Harden of the Thunder, Jonas Jerebko of the Pistons, Tyler Hansbrough of the Pacers, Taj Gibson of the Bulls, Darren Collison of the Hornets, and DeJuan Blair of the Spurs.