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What Happened To: Ep.1 Tyreke Evans

January 11, 2013

At the end of the ’09-’10 season, Evans was awarded the Rookie of the Year for his stellar debut campaign. He joined an elite group of 3 legends, averaging over 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Those other 3 players were Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and Lebron James. Touted as the league’s next big thing, he dazzled fans across the NBA with his ability to create of the dribble. Add his immense strength on his penetration to the basket with his nifty moves, he soon became the number one option in Sactown.

3 years later and I just wrote down every accomplishment of Evans’ NBA career. No, he didn’t suffer a career ending injury, he didn’t get suspended for 20 games, he declined!

Even in his rookie season, Evans’ shortcomings were noticeable. Too much isolation, inconsistent jumpshot and little signs of high basketball IQ. Normally, players experience a drastic improvement in their sophomore season. Not for the 6ft 6 guard out of the University of Memphis..

Tyreke Evans Tyreke Evans #12 of the Memphis Tigers dunks in a game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane during the Championship of the Conference USA Basketball Tournament at FedExForum on March 14, 2009 in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis beat Tulsa 64-39. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tyreke Evans

This isn’t a rant on Evans’ lack of work ethic, I’m not blaming Tyreke entirely. The Sacramento Kings are an organisational mess. Countless coaching changes, player rifts, imbalanced roster, etc. Evans is a great ballhandler, but he never had a coach long enough to use him extended periods at point…or guard. And now, they’re even experimenting him at the small forward. Also consider he plays along such journeymen chuckers as Marcus Thornton, John Salmons, Isaiah Thomas and the grossly overpaid Francisco Garcia. Someone in Sacramento has to get their mind right!

But that’s no excuse for Evans to become lazy. His decision-making is me-first and the ‘only’ thing he does on defense, is gamble for steals. His jumper’s still exactly the same when he came into the league. That means bad form, bad balance, bad everything. (The next graphic shows how bad Evans’ jumper really is.)  He gets by on talent alone and he’ll need to change that attitude if he wants to create a great career. (Which he’s able to)

Evans is only 23 years old, so I expect him to turn it around any time soon. Here are my ideas to “Fix Tyreke”

Fixing Tyreke

  • Make sure the roster is properly balanced, there’s too many average guards on the team. (Brooks, Thomas & Jimmer)
  • Make sure Evans knows his role and primary position. Tell him what they expect from him.
  • Get Cousins and ‘Reke on the same page. With that amount of talent, they should be a forceful duo with Salmons & Thornton providing added scoring.
  • Lock him up in the gym. Let him work on that awful jumpshot. Balance, balance, balance!
  • Change the team’s attitude. (Maybe the relocation to Seattle, will have an impact)
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