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Heated race for Rookie of Year honors

PER Diem: Dec. 16, 2009

Updated: December 16, 2009, 3:03 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

It's an unusual Rookie of the Year race, to say the least. We're barely a quarter of the way into the season, yet it's already narrowed into just a two-horse race between point guards Tyreke Evans of Sacramento and Brandon Jennings of Milwaukee.

What's even more unusual is how big the divide is between those two and their fellow rookies. While several first-year players have shown flashes of brilliance in what is shaping up to be an unexpectedly outstanding class of guards, Evans and Jennings rank first and third, respectively, in PER among rookies.

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