Commentary

Rookie Watch: Best in December

Originally Published: December 30, 2009
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.
Tyreke EvansGary Dineen/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe Kings' Tyreke Evans continues to impress, averaging 22.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 5.1 apg in December.

It's easy to check a rookie's cumulative stats and make a judgment on how that player is playing, but it's just as easy to be wrong when you do that. There are all sorts of variables involved. The bottom line is rookies can go from lost to found very quickly in this league. Similarly, some rookies storm into the league only to struggle later as teams figure out how to defend them, or the player is simply unable to maintain playing at such a high level.