After the 2009 NBA draft was over, the general thinking around the league was that such rookie class lacked talent, and most critics thought that after Blake Griffin, who was drafted as number one overall by the Clippers, there was nothing left. Good thing is that they were wrong, as many of these players went on to have great first years at the league, and in this case, we will analyze four point guards of this class and how they’ve been doing so far.
Stephen Curry from the Warriors (7th overall): Coach Don Nelson was really impressed with his performance, pointing out that he was aware of how talented Curry was, but said that he was not expecting the player to adapt so well and help the team so much. He ended up averaging 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 3.1 turnovers and 1.9 steals per game. Other coaches from the league have also praised Curry’s game, saying that they believe he is the closest thing to another Steve Nash as he has qualities that are natural to him and that cannot be teach.
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Tyreke Evans from the Kings (4th overall): Paul Westphal, the coach of Sacramento, says that Evans is very skilled at handling the ball, and that he has the necessary talent and strength to be dominant when around the basket. He averaged 20.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 3.0 turnovers last year. And when it comes to his numbers, well, only he and 3 more rookies have managed to average twenty points, five assists and five rebounds in the history of the league, the others being LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson.
Jonny Flynn from the Timberwolves (6th overall): this is a guy that learned a lot during his rookie year, and he is expected to become even better during his second season at the NBA, specially because Ricky Rubio is not expected to play at the league this upcoming season, which will give Flynn more minutes and the chance to grow in a steady way. Last year he came up with 13.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.9 turnovers and 1.0 steals.
Brandon Jennings from the Bucks (10th overall): he really knows how to run the team, which is why Coach Scott Skiles has giving him more freedom, and Jennings have responded wonderfully by not abusing it. He finished the season averaging 15.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 2.4 turnovers and 1.3 steals.
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