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Old 11-12-2012, 03:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tyreke Evans stuck in neutral in Sacramento

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The light never changes on Tyreke Evans.

“He has total green light to do what he needs to do on the basketball floor with me,” Sacramento Kings coach Keith Smart said. “It’s only [up to him] what he does.”

But after emerging early in his career primarily through an uncanny ability to fearlessly and so fluidly charge the basket, Evans has been stuck in neutral to start a fourth NBA season that figures to finally define his place in the league, one or way or another.

Though seven games are far too few to draw meaningful conclusions, troubling signs are there. Outside of a double-digit rebound rate and 85 percent free throw percentage, Evans’ numbers are down across the board, and the natural aggression that was the trademark of a 2009-10 season that brought rookie of the year honors and LeBron James comparisons seems to have waned.

Now officially the team’s starting 2-guard after bouncing around between the 1, 2 and 3 over his first three seasons, Evans is playing off the ball more than perhaps ever in his career and he admits to some initial discomfort in being in space more often out on the wing. Which has ultimately led to a more passive version of the usually goal-oriented (as in basketball goal) player.

His usage rate is below 20 for the first time in his career. His number of free throws attempted has been cut in half since his first season, from 6.5 to 3.0. And he’s attempting two and a half fewer shots at the rim, per Hoopdata.com, despite shooting over 50 percent from there for a fourth consecutive season. A ragged jump shot that has dogged him since his earliest days is also the worst it has ever been: Evans is shooting 18 percent from 16 feet and out, making those forays to the rim more predictable than ever.

The shifty and quick 6-foot-6, 220-pound wing has always been at his best with the ball in his hands and crashing to the hoop, like a tailback that runs downhill. But whether it’s by design or desire as he willingly attempts to fit into the role the Kings have laid out for him this season, Evans has struggled to pick up the necessary head of steam. These days, that 20-year-old 20-point scorer seems more like a specter.
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Tyreke Evans stuck in neutral in Sacramento

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“He has total green light to do what he needs to do on the basketball floor with me,” Sacramento Kings coach Keith Smart said. “It’s only [up to him] what he does.”
Which is the very problem. That's lazy coaching to me. He needs someone to tell him or show him what to do. He has never led a pro team anywhere so how is he magically supposed to know how to do it ?

No vets with winning history are on that roster. The coach tells him "do what you want" and he is, which is not much.

All the talent in the world but, he is still a kid. People forget that sometimes.
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Re: Tyreke Evans stuck in neutral in Sacramento

Badly needs a change of scenery and some veteran teammates. He may actually fit really well in Indiana or Minny.
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Re: Tyreke Evans stuck in neutral in Sacramento

Minny and Sac

Tyreke Evans 4 Derrick Williams

Love + Budinger gives Tyreke spacing and Rubio puts it into his hand in good positioning.
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Even if he goes somewhere and becomes a Jamal Crawford he could've become so much more if he wasn't corrupted in his rookie year
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Badly needs a change of scenery and some veteran teammates. He may actually fit really well in Indiana or Minny.
I'd love to give him a shot in Indy. Especially with Granger out for 3+ months.

Only problem is, what does Indy have to give up for him?
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Re: Tyreke Evans stuck in neutral in Sacramento

He needs to leave the Kings as soon as possible.
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Re: Tyreke Evans stuck in neutral in Sacramento

Amazing how far he has fallen off. People were talking about the second coming of grant hill during his rookie season (stats wise) and he has done nothing but regress. A change of scenery would do him wonders and i would love it if he cane to milwaukee to rhn bext to BJ for the next 4-5 years.
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FWIW he can probably be had for a low price
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FWIW he can probably be had for a low price
Would be interesting to see just how low. One of Gerald Green/DJ Augustin and a first? Would be nice, but I doubt it. Plus we just got both.


Somehow shoe horning Lance Stephenson in the trade would make me happy.
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Evans could probably be had for a pick or two and a rotation guy. He's coming due for a contract extension this summer and Sacramento clearly isn't sold on him developing into a star on that team. Hansbrough, a first, and maybe Augustin to Cleveland for Miami's first going to Sacramento might work (and you can always throw Lance in there). Two first-round picks and a hustle big that won't get in trouble isn't a terrible return.
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Re: Tyreke Evans stuck in neutral in Sacramento

Neautral is generous. He's been in reverse the past 3 years.

That 'Reke for Derrick Williams trade makes sense for both teams.
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Re: Tyreke Evans stuck in neutral in Sacramento

Might have to send Williams to a third team with Thomas Robinson already in Sacramento and the Kings desperately needing a real point guard. I think the best thing I can come up with is something like Evans to Minny, Derrick Williams and John Salmons' contract to Charlotte, with Ramon Sessions, Gerald Henderson, and DeSagana Diop's expiring going to Sacramento. Possibly something like a second going Sacramento's way as well, from someone.
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Re: Tyreke Evans stuck in neutral in Sacramento

Just to show you guys how badly he's regressed:

'09-'10 20.1/5.3/5.8 46% shooting

'10-'11 17.8/4.8/5.6 41% shooting

'11-'12 16.5/4.6/4.5 45% shooting

'12-'13 (so far) 11.3/5.7/3.5 38% shooting

He needs to get out of Sacramento to salvage his career.
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