Tyreke Tuesdays: Evans, Casspi have an all-star weekend
Sacramento Kings rookie guard Tyreke Evans led the Rookies team to its first win in eight years, beating the Sophomores 140-128 on Feb. 12.
Evans earned the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge Most Valuable Player award, posting 26 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals.
Although fans voted Evans as the MVP, he didn’t want to keep it for himself.
Evans shared the spotlight with San Antonio Spurs rookie big man DeJuan Blair, who finished with 22 points, a game-high 23 rebounds and 4 assists.
"I think we did a good job of getting the ball and pushing it," Evans said after the game. "But DeJuan Blair set the tone. He got the points and he got the rebounds. I’m (going to) share this MVP with him."
Oklahoma City Thunder sophomore guard Russell Westbrook scored a game-high 40 points to go with 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Kings rookie swingman Omri Casspi finished with 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal.
The competitions for Evans and Casspi continued to Saturday.
Evans participated in the Haier Shooting Stars competition as part of Team Sacramento.
He, along with former Kings player Chris Webber and New York Liberty forward Nicole Powell (former Monarchs player), eliminated Team Atlanta from the competition by one second.
Team Texas, which also had former Kings player Kenny Smith, knocked Team Sacramento out of the competition in the same round and went on to beat Team Los Angeles in the final round.
Casspi competed in a H.O.R.S.E game against Oklahoma City Thunder forward and reigning champion Kevin Durant and Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo.
Casspi was the first to be eliminated as Durant won the title.