A lot of people thought after Blake Griffin that last year’s was a shallow draft class. But the freshman pool has proven deep and 40 games in, it looks like this may go down as one of the top drafts for guards in NBA history.
We have Tyreke Evans in Sacramento threatening to work his way into the 20/5/5 club — the current three members of that club: the Big O, Jordan and LeBron — doesn’t get any more exclusive than that.
Last night I had the chance to see Evans’ fellow Rookie of the Month Brandon Jennings in action against the Nets and a couple of things come to mind: incredible speed and quite a haircut. Back in the eighties I managed to grow a couple inches thanks to my ‘do as well. Jennings went for 55 points earlier in the season usurping LeBron as the youngest player ever to do so. A lot of teams will be kicking themselves for years for letting this guy slip. He has the quickness and vision to break down a defense along with a surprising jump shot.
When the Wolves took Jonny Flynn sixth in last year’s draft it raised a few eyebrows after taking Ricky Rubio the pick before. Well that selection is looking pretty good now with Flynn averaging 14 ppg and 4 assists — and along with Jefferson, Love and Brewer forming a promising core in Minnesota. Now they have to figure out what to do with Rubio and all the cap room next year.
On draft night Stephen Curry thought he was going to join Rubio in Minnesota, but ended up going one pick later to Golden State. He’s shooting 46 percent from the field and 42 percent from the arc this season. In Tuesday’s game against Denver, he hit six consecutive 3-pointers en route to 26 points. I like Curry’s game and his demeanor on the court; he’s going to do his dad proud in this league.
And finally don’t overlook hard working, hard playing Taj Gibson. Back in the Bull’s starting lineup, he’s improving day by day and could be a sleeper in the Rookie of the Year race.
I anticipate a photo finish. Who do you like for Rookie of the Year?