I would like to inquire what the best fans in basketball think about this western conference scout's take about the rookie of the year race. My thoughts after the jump:
"[Tyreke] Evans is going to win it and [Brandon] Jennings was up there early, but [Steph] Curry is going to wind up being the best player of the three. He's the ray of hope in Golden State because he's got the shots, he's got the moves, he's marketable and he's only going to get better. And I think his teammates like playing with him. He's a great shooter, obviously, but he's unselfish. He's looking to get other guys involved.
"Evans is obviously a talent, too, but my instinct is that not everybody likes playing with him because he dominates the ball so much. He's more of a point forward than he is a point guard. ... You can argue that [Curry's] numbers are inflated playing in Golden State's system, but you could have said that about a lot of rookies over the years. Most of the top rookies are on bad teams. Rookies of the year aren't coming from the Lakers. The issue is what the Warriors are going to do with [Monta] Ellis, because it's obvious that that team needs to be built around Curry, and Curry defers too much when Ellis is in there."
I would like to break down some of the comments this scout made. First comment: "...Curry is going to wind up being the best player of the three." I am not sure how everyone on this blog evaluates talent, but when I look at player versus player, I don't look at stats by themselves, I look at how they matchup with each other. Clearly if you asked any sane person, Evans can and will dominate Curry head to head. This scout is measuring value to a team from what I gather, but can anyone deny the value Evans has to the Kings compared to Curry to the Warriors? Second comment: "Evans is obviously a talent, but my instinct is that not everybody likes playing with him because he dominates the ball so much." What do great players in this league do, especially late in games? Dominate the ball. What has Tyreke done in a lot of games for the Kings? Brought the team back when it was on it's heels. He is a finisher, no question, and he doesn't quit, which inspires his teammates to not quit in games. Sometimes a team needs a selfish player like that to become great, and Tyreke is that type of player. He needs the ball in his hands to make things happen, much like great players do, and I can't name another player on the Kings that has that mentality other than Tyreke. If that means you have to call him a ballhog and a team killer like this scout says, then don't forget to include Kobe, Dwayne, and Lebron in your evaluation of problem players scoutie. Third and final comment: "He is more of a point forward than a point guard." You know what Tyreke is Mr. Scout? Two words: Basketball player. Some players, much like Dirk, Donte, even Lebron, are not classified in any position, because they are capable of playing a lot of positions. Today's basketball players are not categorized as much as they used to be in my opinion, so saying these things like "he is not a true point guard" or "he is a power forward" is not accurate anymore. From now on, please stop putting players in categories and just call them what they are: basketball players. And Tyreke is a damn good basketball player, is he not?