And it was that near-perfect performance that helped Yi pass
Playing against a road-weary Bobcats team (it
"He's getting a feel of the game, getting more aggressive, dunking the basketball," said teammate
So can Yi make up ground on Durant in the Rookie of the Year race? Maybe, maybe not.
Judging from the e-mails I receive, Durant is either "overrated," "awful," or good only because he "gets up a lot of shots, no mean feat." Granted, Durant has struggled at times as one of the Sonics' primary offensive threats, but he's also looked brilliant when his shot is falling. Yi, on the other hand, has been steady and efficient as a role player adjusting to the NBA game.
At this point, it appears Durant would need a major collapse to lose the ROY, but at the least, Yi has established himself as a serious threat if he can continue to play like he did in his breakout game. And for one week, at least, he's atop these rankings.