By Drew Packham, NBA.com
Posted Mar 17 2010 1:56AM - Updated Mar 17 2010 9:12PM
Boy, can my readers write e-mails.
And I mean that in a good, loving, thankful way.
After dropping Tyreke Evans from the top spot last week in favor of Stephen Curry, the e-mails hit my inbox with a vengeance. And they just kept coming. I tried to respond to as many as I could, but if I didn't respond to your well-crafted e-mail (and yes, I was very impressed by most of your arguments), just know this: I have two young kids who need my attention. That, and my fingers were sore from trying to justify the move in my replies.
So, to backpedal a little, let me try to explain the move.
First of all, these rankings take into account the rookies' play over the entire season, but also consider recent play. So while Evans has been the most consistent player, I try to give a little credit for what a guy's doing this week. Thus, you saw Dallas PG Rodrigue Beaubois in the top 10 last week while Denver's Ty Lawson (who hasn't played since Feb. 28) is on the outside looking in. Does that mean Beaubois has had the better season? No. Just giving a little credit where credit is due.
And while we're on the topic of my thought process, the Honorable Mention section has been called into question by several readers.
Just to set the record straight, that section should not be considered Nos. 11-15, but rather a way to honor players who have had particularly impressive or noteworthy performances that week.
So back to Tyreke and Steph. What it came down to last week was a gut feeling. I told several readers this, but if I had to vote -- today -- my vote would go to Evans. However, Curry had been wowing me with with his play with an unbelievable February, and I felt like rewarding him with a in the top spot.
The two have clearly separated themselves from the field and regardless of who you're pulling for in the Rookie of the Year race (I did get a few pro-Curry e-mails), you have to admit it has been, and continues to be, a wild ride.
Just look at the back-and-forth that took place this week: Last Wednesday, fresh off his Rookie Rankings snub, Evans puts up his first career triple-double with 19, 10 and 10 in a rout of the Raptors. Three nights later, Curry goes for 35, six and 10 on the Raptors, snapping the Warriors' six-game slide. Not to be outdone, Evans comes back Sunday night by just missing a triple-double with 29, nine and 11 in a win over the Wolves. What does Curry do? Scores 29 points with nine assists in a three-point loss to the Lakers the next night. Are you seeing the see-saw nature of this duel? Evans capped the week off with another near-miss triple-double with 22, 11 and nine in the Kings' loss to the Lakers.
Did you catch all that?
If you haven't been paying attention, tune in, because this last month could get very interesting. (And you can keep the e-mails coming.)
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Honorable Mention: DeMar DeRozan, Raptors: In last two games (both losses), averaged 15.0 points while going 13-for-18 from the floor; Jrue Holiday, Sixers: Averaged 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.0 steals in Philly's three losses; Alonzo Gee, Wizards: In five games since being called up from the D-League, the undrafted rookie out of Alabama is averaging 7.6 points and capped off his week with a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) in a loss to the Nuggets; Hasheem Thabeet, Grizzlies: Had 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in season-high 28 minutes of 104-97 win over Chicago; Chris Hunter, Warriors: Had 22 points and seven rebounds in 36 minutes as a starter in 124-121 loss to the Lakers; Wayne Ellington, Wolves: Averaged 13.0 points while hitting 7 of 13 3-pointers in three games;
Dropped out: Rodrigue Beaubois, Omri Casspi
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