The other day, I wrote that Tyreke Evans had all but clinched the rookie of the year award this season. My reasoning was that Evans was still playing well and that Curry hadn’t done enough to outplay him since his outstanding stretch in February.
I spoke too soon.
Since that blog entry, Curry has played two of his better games of the season. Even though Evans continues to play well, Curry’s recent stretch has cracked the door open again for Curry to rally to win this award.
When looking at the stats below, pay particular attention to Curry’s percentages (impressive in every category), assists (especially in March and his most recent play) and his turnovers in his last two games. Every time I think Curry is about to hit the “rookie wall,” he gets a new burst of energy and blows right through it. We’re witnessing the advent of a very special young player.
Here’s a look at the two candidates and their most recent stretch of play:
Stephen Curry, Warriors, point guard
Season stats: 35.9 minutes, 16.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.82 steals, 2.95 turnovers, percentages (.461, .424, .884)
March stats: 39.3 minutes, 21.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.8 steals, 3.5 turnovers, percentages (.460, .491, .950)
Last two games: 38.0 minutes, 32.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 2.5 steals, 1.0 turnovers, percentages (.600, .589, .1000)
Next game: Wednesday, March 17 vs. New Orleans Hornets, 7:30 p.m.
Tyreke Evans, Kings, guard
Season stats: 37.2 minutes, 20.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.47 steals, 2.89 turnovers, percentages (.462, .256, .749)
March stats: 38.4 minutes, 19.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 2.9 turnovers, percentages (.430, .250, .700)
Last two games: 38.5 minutes, 19.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 1.0 steals, 3.5 turnovers, percentages (.452, .286, .1000)
Next game: Tonight, Tuesday, March 16, vs. L.A. Lakers, 7 p.m.
Worth noting: The Hornets’ Darren Collison continues to impress in New Orleans. He’s averaging 16.4 points and 11.8 assists in March. This rookie crop of point guards is very impressive.