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Tyreke Evans NBA Rookie of the Year, but why did Collison get a vote?

As I, and 99 percent of anyone who watched the NBA, understood, the NBA Rookie of the Year award was between Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings and Stephen Curry. Congrats to Evans, who won with 491 points (67 first-place votes), finishing ahead of Curry’s 391 (47 first-place votes) and Jenning’s 204 (12 first-place votes).

But the point of emphasis for the vote totals should be: How did Darren Collison, Jonny Flynn and Taj Gibson get any votes? Per the NBA’s official release, Darren Collison actually received a first-place vote! He also had a second-place vote and nine third-place votes. Honestly, if you want to vote for him for third place, then I’m OK with that. But no one could in good conscious say he was the best or second best rookie this season. It’s embarrassing that two of the 123 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada that voted actually believed that.

Collison averaged a respectable 12.5 points per game and 5.7 assists for New Orleans. Good job. You’ll be a decent backup to Chris Paul. But, now check out these Evans stats:

Evans averaged a rookie-and team-leading 20.1 points, as well as a team-high 5.8 assists (second among rookies) and 5.3 rebounds a game. Evans joined Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James as the only players in NBA history to average at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists in their rookie seasons. Among rookies, Evans also was first in minutes (37.2 mpg) and second in steals (1.51 spg), while leading in free throws made (348) and attempted (465).

Why does someone always have to have that stupid vote for things like this? NBA, please release who voted for whom, so I’ll know never to take anything he/she says seriously again.

Brian's been covering sports in some capacity for the last 10 years, including high school, collegiate and professional. He's covered two Final Fours, a few college bowl games and a NBA championship season.

Brian has written 227 posts for SportsNickel.com

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