Tyreke Evans‘ agent, Arn Tellem, made a rare appearance tonight to express his concerns about the former Rookie of the Year’s role. He met with Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie, Evans’ brother, Reggie, and another Tellem rep as well. Source close to Evans says he’s frustrated with how marginalized he’s become. Evans’ reps are encouraging him to be more vocal about his perspective going forward.
via Sam Amick’s post on Basketball | Latest updates on Sulia.
And of course, Evans is up for an extension this summer.
The Kings drafted Evans, played him at point guard, watched him earn rookie of the year, even as everyone said he was poor fit at point guard. Then they moved him to shooting guard, watched him struggle, and became concerned, then drafted Isaiah Thomas and Jimmer Fredette, and started wheeling him out at small forward some. The results have been less than impressive. And now the Kings are clearly considering moving on, building behind DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas and whoever they pick up in the draft. And it’s hard to blame them as Evans drifts, takes too many pull-ups, and fails to effectively run in a system.
But at the same time, there is more than one way to run point guard. You can be a table-setter, a distributor, a scorer, or a corner shooter. You can be a combo guard, a pure point, a scoring point, an initiator, a finisher. It’s all in how the offense is built. You can’t help but wonder if Evans had been drafted somewhere with a cohesive system, with coaching that was stable and a better plan for the future if things would have worked out well. But those things wouldn’t have changed his leadership issues which have brought questions.
For Evans now, it’s about trying to establish where his career goes. It’s not hard to see him being unable to adjust to team’s adjustments to him, and flaming out. It’s also not hard to see him going somewhere with better coaching and with some motivation, and taking over to a certain degree. Evans remains an exceptionally gifted athlete with the ability to run an offense, even if the results so far haven’t been good enough. Someone is likely to unlock the mystery. It just seems every day more and more like it won’t be Sacramento.
Tyreke Evans is not cool with how the Kings have handled him
Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:20 AM
Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:39 AM
And besides he's still a good player. People are acting like he's turned into a bad player but he's still one of the better SG's in the league the Kings just need to stop playing him at SF and give him more time at PG instead.
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Posted 22 April 2012 - 06:26 AM
Evans has made no attempt whatsoever to try and get better since his rookie season. The guy's one of my favourite players but he's shown absolutely no improvement. All he can do is go full-speed at the rim and score or kick out. He has no offensive awareness, no jumpshot and a problem staying in the game mentally.
Could it have been Westphal's fault? Sure. But there comes a point where you have to take it into your own hands. He's a fully grown adult who shouldn't need spoonfeeding. He has so many glaringly obvious weaknesses that need addressing.
That article is also awfully written. Tyreke CANNOT run an offense. And he is still very much the #2 Option, the Kings are just marketing Isaiah more.
"I think of DeMarcus as really the prototypical 21st-century player. He’s one of the most talented big men in the business ... he has an understanding of the game that is truly unique"
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