Evans rising to new level

Over the past four games, Tyreke Evans has been "out-of-this-world."
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - There will be no need to "tally the votes" for this year's Fantasy Rookie of the Year. Sacramento guard Tyreke Evans has taken care of that with relative ease.

Despite the best efforts from Golden State Warriors' rookie Stephen Curry and Milwaukee guard Brandon Jennings, this vote should be unanimous.

Evans has been very good all season, but over the past four games, he's been "out-of-this-world." He's been "LeBron James" good. In fact, over that four-game span Evans has averaged 20.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg and 8.5 apg, very close to a triple-double. So much for the "rookie wall."

His rise in performance level coincides with the trading of the team's best scoring option - Kevin Martin. Martin was sent to Houston for among others Carl Landry. Landry has shown a solid inside scoring ability, but certainly not on the level of Martin.

For the season Evans is averaging 20.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 5.5 apg. The 20-5-5 standard is rarely achieved by rookies, the last being James in 2003-04. Chris Paul didn't do it, neither did Brandon Roy, Kevin Durant or Derrick Rose.

Before James, you have to go all the way back to 1984-85 when a guy by the name of Michael Jordan did it. (In 1994-95 Grant Hill just missed doing it for the Detroit Pistons, by a total of six points over 70 games, averaging 19.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 5.0 apg).

Will Evans be the next James or Jordan? Will his 2010-11 ADP rise from 133 last year to top-five?

Only time will tell, but it sure looks like it from here.

2009-10 Top-Five NBA Rookies
Tyreke EvansSAC20.
Stephen CurryGSW16.
Brandon JenningsMIL15.
Darren CollisonNO11.
Taj GibsonCHI8.

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