Brandon Jennings and Tyreke Evans battled for the majority of the season last year for the billing of Rookie of the Year. Evans ended up winning the award, while Jennings took third, but it was Jennings who actually won games and was a major contributor to a playoff team.
Evans has not been a huge problem off the court in college or the NBA but he has had some minor incidents that when piled together make you question whether he is a guy you want to build a team around. He is young and can change but the only proof we have of what he will be like in the future when he hits his prime and maximizes his ability are incidents like the latest, a speeding incident caught on tape.
Evans Speeding Incident
There is a video released of Evans speeding this past weekend. Reports have him at over 130 mph. Not the worst thing in the world any athlete has done but any run-in with the police is not a good thing for a potential franchise player. In an article from the Sacramento Bee it is mentioned that Evans receives preferential treatment from the Sacramento Kings. The team will look the other way when Evans does something stupid while other players on the team will suffer consequences.
” … almost from the moment Evans emerged as a major talent, the Kings altered the rules,” Voisin wrote. ” … There was one set of guidelines for the prized rookie and another set for everyone else — a development that caused resentment in the locker room and is among the reasons Kevin Martin, Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni welcomed trades.
“Evans’ personal trainer, for instance, enjoys unique access before and after games. A practice was canceled so Evans could fly to Las Vegas and meet President Barack Obama. Westphal routinely jumped Hawes, Donte Greene, Jason Thompson, Omri Casspi and other young Kings for mistakes yet blatantly looked the other way when Evans’ game became linear — times he dominated the ball or ignored wide-open teammates.”
It will be interesting how Evans develops with a different set of rules AND the addition of Demarcus Cousins. Cousins is another ultra-talented young player, another former Calipari player, whose maturity is his biggest question mark.
Brandon Jennings, Crickets…
This brings me back to Brandon Jennings. What have we heard about Jennings this off-season? Nothing. Jennings has not been all over TMZ or police blotters, or had his name mentioned in relation to any crime or incident. Jennings has been off the radar for the most part this summer and that is exactly what we want as Bucks fans. The crap you do off the court can and will effect you on the court if a troubling pattern develops.
I will not go as far as to say Evans is a trouble-maker who will not straighten out, but he has had some small issues and there is a concern of preferential treatment. Meanwhile Jennings is not getting into any trouble while he will continue to receive tough love from Scott Skiles.
In three to four years if both players continue under the same level of treatment each receives and each continue to handle success the way they have we will be much happier with Brandon Jennings than Sacramento will be with Tyreke Evans.