The Bloguin basketball bloggers have selected Tyreke Evans as the Rookie Of The Year by a blogslide. Evans, who averaged 20.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 37 minutes per game for the Sacramento Kings, received 79% of the first place votes, with the remaining number ones going to Brandon Jennings. The surprise result of the voting process was Jennings, who led the Bucks to the playoffs with 15.7 points and 5.7 assist in 32 minutes per game, tying for second with Stephon Curry, who busted out with 17.5 points, 5.9 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game. Although Jennings received three first place (David, BlueBlitz; Brendan, Stepien Rules; and Gene, Favre Dollar Footlongs), Curry finished ahead of the young Buck on 57% of the ballots. Evans, Jennings and Curry received recognition on all ballots.
The Bloguin crew also recognized the performances of Hornet teammates Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton. Darren did not receive ballot love from Dave (TWolves Blog) and David (BlueBlitz). Thornton appeared on three ballots ( Don, With Malice, Pace, Pacers Pulse and Kirk, Cleveland's Curse) while DeJuan Blair was picked for the final spot on four ballots (Jeff, Project Spurs; Lives, Knicks Fanatics; Sheed, Bustabucket; and Zach, Talk Hoops) but accumulated fewer points.
Other rookies to receive consideration included Terance Williams, Jonny Flynn, Reggie Williams, Taj Gibson, Serge Ibaka, and Omri Casspi
For the final vote, the panelists included the following distinguished bloggers: Don, With Malice; Jeff, The Hoops Manifesto; Pace J. Miller, Pacers Pulse; Jeff Garcia, Project Spurs; College Wolf, TWolves Blog, Mookie, A Stern Warning; Kirk Lammers, Curse of Cleveland; Sean Francois, HoopsHeadsNorth; Brendan Bowers, Stepien Rules; Zach Harper, Talk Hoops; Gene Zarnick, Favre Dollar Footlongs; Sheed, BustaBucket; David Franzoni, Blueblitz; and Lives (me) of Knicks Fanatics Blog.
BLOGUIN'S ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
|Total, complete stud. Averaged 20/5/5 as a rookie, rarified air with MJ, Oscar, and LeBron. (College Wolf, TWolves Blog)|
|Should be an unanimous choice. Evans has been great this season. (Pace J. MIller, Pacers Pulse)
|Notching 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists shows how well rounded this kid is going to be. (Kirk Lammers, Curse of Cleveland)|
|The clear, unequivocal winner of this award -- he has been all season long. Ignore the late-comers and flashy distractions -- this guy is the real deal (Mookie, A Stern Warning)|
|Made the early talk of Brandon Jennings running away with the ROY award seem just silly now. (Jeff Fox, The Hoops Manifesto)
|If he didn't get "Nellied" early on in the season, he might have won this award. (Jeff Garcia, Project Spurs)|
|I still think his stats are inflated due to Nellie-Ball. (College Wolf, TWolves Blog)|
|just got better and better as the season progressed - now if he could only play on a real team with a real coach.(Jeff Fox, The Hoops Manifesto)|
|Enough heart, will and leadership skills to overcome some deficiencies and lead his team to the playoffs as a rookie. Special. (Lives, Knicks Fanatics)|
|After dropping 55 points on the Warriors what did this young rookie do? Oh just help guide the Bucks to the playoffs. (Jeff Garcia, Project Spurs)|
|helped lead his gritty, defensive-minded team to the six seed in the East. Too streaky of a shooter for now, but I'm sure he'll improve. (Kirk Lammers, Curse of Cleveland)|
|played so well this season that the unthinkable could happen - Chris Paul could get shipped out of town. (Jeff Fox, The Hoops Manifesto)|
|Collison needs to be running a show. Somewhere. (Don, With Malice)|
|New Orleans have the best conundrum in the league -- do you play Chris Paul or the amazing rookie talent in Collison. Obviously you go with Paul, meaning that perhaps the Hornets should look to move Collison whilst his stock is high. And yes, it is very high (Mookie, A Stern Warning)|
|Been under the radar a bit for the Hornets, but Thornton is without a doubt one of the top rookies this season (Pace J. Miller, Pacers Pulse)|
|Basically a coin-toss for this last slot. Congrats Marcus. (Don, With Malice)|
|two Hornets round out the top five rookies, and the future is bright there. A one-track mind scoring machine for stretches (see: 37 points in Cleveland). (Kirk Lammers, Curse of Cleveland)
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