Milwaukee’s rookie point guard Brandon Jennings has already captivated the league. His 55-point outburst against the Warriors in his seventh career game marked the highest scoring total by a first-year player since Earl “The Pearl” Monroe put up 56 in 1968. Considering that 1968 was the year that Green Bay won Super Bowl II, the year Richard Nixon became president and the year that Mattel introduced Hot Wheels toy cars to the world, it’s safe to say that Jennings’ accomplishment fully deserved all the hype that it received.
Still, lost in all the discussion of Jennings (who, oh by the way, has been shooting terribly and not even playing particularly well during the Bucks current “we just lost four out of five games” bump in the road) and all the disappointment about Clipper blue-chipper Blake Griffin missing the entire season so far with a stress fracture in his knee has been Tyreke Evans.
Physically, Tyreke is Calvin Johnson with handles. He’s TO without a helmet. He is, in short, an athletic freak with the strength of fifteen Kevin Martins. And he’s tearing up the league. Right now he’s averaging a silly 18.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 4.5 apg and 1.3 spg along with 44.6% from the field. As a rookie. And those numbers are actually hurt by a few shaky early-season outings. He’s scored 20 points or more in 8 of his past 10 games and it’s probably not a coincidence that the Kings haven’t lost at home during this stretch.
I’ll have a more in-depth game preview up later today, but, much like Monta, this guy will give the Pacers perimeter defense fits and, while he won’t likely drop 45 on Indy’s collective head, he will do damage. So watch for him later tonight.
Zach Harper of the Kings blog Cowbell Kingdom, a guy you will be hearing more from around these parts shortly, put together the following video of just how destructive Tyreke can be. And keep in mind that all these highlights are from a single game.
I mean, I doubt I could even come up with a video half this long of highlights of Brandon Rush’s entire NBA career. (Kings.com also has this shorter, 30-second highlight video of Evans to commemorate his recent Rookie of the Month award.)
Not only does Tyreke wreck defenses. He also raps. (Scroll down to the bottom video in the post to see the rapping, although the whole thing is worth reading if you have the time.)