Tyreke Evans or Brandon Jennings?
Funny thing is, they are polar opposites. Evans, drafted fourth overall by the Sacramento Kings, stands an imposing 6-5, 210 pounds. With his muscular frame and power moves, Evans wouldn’t seem out of place flying down a National Football League field. Jennings, drafted tenth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks, stands an unimposing 6-1, 170 pounds …
In head-to-head, we compare. And you tell us who is best …
Hit pause on Chris Paul versus Deron Williams. Now hit play on the NBA’s newest point guard debate: Tyreke Evans versus Brandon Jennings.
Over the first month of the NBA season, several rookie point guards have impressed, but Evans and Jennings have stood out. Funny thing is, they are polar opposites.
Evans, drafted fourth overall by the Sacramento Kings, stands an imposing 6-5, 210 pounds. With his muscular frame and power moves, Evans wouldn’t seem out of place flying down a National Football League field.
Jennings, drafted tenth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks, stands an unimposing 6-1, 170 pounds. And with his slight frame and baby face, Jennings wouldn’t seem out of place at, well, the senior prom or a 100-level English.
You get the picture. They are, indeed, different. In this edition of head-to-head, HoopsVibe The Blog will explore those differences and ask you to weigh in with thoughts on Evans versus Jennings.
The Case For Evans …
At times, Evans will appear raw. Remember, he switched from shooting guard to point guard half way through his only season at the University of Memphis. Surprisingly, it was a smooth transition, with Evans – as a freshman or ‘Diaper Dandy’ for those that speak Dick Vitale – leading the Tigers to the ‘Elite Eight’ of the NCAA Tournament.
Simply put, size, athleticism, and talent make-up for his inexperience. Evans is a true triple threat, who can score, rebound, and set up others. With his body, he can defend multiple positions and post most point guards.
Evans’ skill-set is unique and reminds me of Oscar Robertson or Scottie Pippen when he slid to lead guard for those amazing Chicago Bulls teams.
Like any situation, there are complications, though. First, Evans has much to learn about the nuances of running an NBA team. At his age, this is understandable. Second, Evans’ play could fall-off when injured Sacramento star Kevin Martin returns to health.
The Case for Jennings …
‘Young Money‘. ‘Southpaw Swag’. ‘Generation Next’.
Whatever the nickname, few veterans – let alone a rookie – have generated a buzz in Milwaukee like Jennings. With his jitterbug game, he’s drawing comparisons to Kenny Anderson, Nate Archibald, and Nick Van Excel – and setting the early pace for Rookie of the Year.
Jennings is off-the-charts quick. This is a skill suited for the NBA game, which emphasizes one-on-one play and pick-and-rolls, but could get lost in the systems heavy approach of European club basketball.
This explains why Jennings – who skipped college and played a season with a European pro team – didn’t impress while overseas and fell into the Bucks’ lap with the tenth overall pick in the 2009 Draft.
Early on, Jennings used his speed to drive and dish or create space for his own shot. The results were exceptional, highlighted by that memorable 55 point performance. Lately, his shooting and decision-making have tailed off, sparking questions about Jennings’ ability to perform on a night-in, night-out basis.
Our Call: A draw. Both are terrific. Right now, Jennings – because of his torrid first few weeks – has a bit more buzz. Long-term, I like Evans’ size and wouldn’t be surprised if he surpasses Jennings later in the season to win Rookie of the Year.