NEW YORK – The Milwaukee Bucks’ Brandon Jennings and the Sacramento Kings’ Tyreke Evans today were named the Eastern and Western Conference T-Mobile Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played from the start of the season (Oct. 27) through November.
Jennings leads all rookies in scoring (21.8 ppg), assists (5.7 apg) and three-point field goal percentage (.500). On Nov. 14, Jennings scored 55 points against the Golden State Warriors, the most points by a rookie since Earl Monroe netted 56 on Feb. 13, 1968. His 55-point effort broke the Bucks rookie scoring record, previously held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Accomplished in his seventh game, Jennings became the fastest NBA player to score 50 points, as well as the youngest (20 years and 52 days).
Evans ranks second among rookies in scoring (18.8 ppg) and leads first-year players in minutes (36.1 mpg). He also ranks second in steals (1.33 spg), fourth in assists (4.7 apg) and fifth in rebounds (5.0 rpg) among rookies. Evans recorded 20 or more points in seven consecutive games, tying the Sacramento-era rookie record set by Lionel Simmons (1990-91). Also, he leads rookies with nine 20-point games.
Here is a recap of the month for both Jennings and Evans:
Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks
Oct. 30 @ Philadelphia: Registered 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in his NBA debut, a 99-86 loss to the 76ers.
Nov. 11 vs. Denver: Tallied 32 points, nine assists and four assists in a 108-102 win over the Nuggets.
Nov. 14 vs. Golden State: Scored the most points by a rookie since Earl Monroe (56, 1968) with a 55-point effort in a 129-125 win against Golden State.
Nov. 20 vs. Charlotte: Posted 29 points in addition to a seven assists and four rebounds in a 95-88 win over the Bobcats.
Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings
Nov. 7 @ Utah: Scored a career-high 32 points and had three rebounds, seven assists, and one steal in a 104-99 win over the Jazz.
Nov. 20 @ Dallas: Recorded 29 points, seven rebounds and set a career high with 10 assists in a 104-102 loss to the Mavericks.
Nov. 23 @ Memphis: Posted 28 points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal in a 116-105 loss to the Grizzlies.
Nov. 25 vs. New York: Tallied 19 points and had a career-high 11 rebounds and seven assists in a 111-97 victory over the Knicks.
Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference T-Mobile Rookies of the Month were Denver’s Ty Lawson, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Minnesota’s Jonny Flynn, New Jersey’s Terrence Williams, New Orleans’ Marcus Thornton, and Oklahoma City’s James Harden.
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Building upon its already strong appeal to the nation’s youth and as Official Partner of the NBA, T-Mobile is showcasing the NBA’s youngest players — the Rookies — through the T-Mobile Rookie Program. Highlights include rookie awards presentations such as the T-Mobile Rookies of the Month and T-Mobile Rookie of the Year, and the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam, an All-Star competition between NBA rookies and second-year players. During NBA All-Star 2010, T-Mobile and the NBA will host more than 3,500 students from the Dallas Independent School District to watch the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam from the best seats in the house at American Airlines Center on Friday, February 12.