The Sacramento Kings have a promising young point guard in Isaiah Thomas, and now it’s time for them to decide what to do with the talented but flawed Tyreke Evans. Evans is a good player, and there are plenty of teams that could trade for him.
Evans is a big, athletic point guard who can score the basketball. However, his scoring and assists per game have all gone down each year of his three-year career. He also isn’t a good three-point shooter.
His role has diminished with the Kings, as they’ve gotten more and more other players that need the ball in their hands. Towards the end of the season, Evans was even moved to small forward in an effort to continue to utilize him despite not starting him at the point.
Despite all his problems, Evans is just 22 years old. He’s got plenty of time left to change the current downward course of his career, and a trade could be just what he needs.
Here’s a breakdown of some teams that could use Evans and actually be able to acquire him.
According to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express:
Sources say Houston has an offer of Lowry, the #14 and #16 picks for TyrekeEvans and the #5 pick on the table. Up to Sacramento to decide.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 26, 2012
While it is likely that the Rockets are only trying to get Tyreke Evans so that it will help them fulfill their ultimate goal of acquiring Dwight Howard, there is a chance they could get stuck with him if it doesn’t work.
And it wouldn’t be terrible for him by any stretch. Evans showed star potential in his rookie season with the Kings before his career started going downhill. He could become the star that the Rockets are looking for, especially with the supporting cast that is available there in Houston.
The Bobcats are desperate for someone who can score the basketball. Luckily for them, that is Evans’ specialty. Evans can get to the basket on just about anybody. He is also a big guard, and considering that the Bobcats backcourt consists of Kemba Walker and D.J. Augustin, who are both a bit on the small side, Evans could be just what the Bobcats need.
Even though they don’t have much space to work with, Evans is still in his first contract, so he’ll come relatively cheaply as compared to some of their other options out there. Evans could also be incorporated into a deal for the Bobcats to move back in the draft if that is something they wanted to do.
Last season, the Toronto Raptors were not as bad as many thought they were. They improved greatly on defense and were even in the Top 10 in the NBA in points allowed per game (94). It is clear the Raptors organization is trying to build a contender with strong defense as the foundation.
However, the offense last year wasn’t so good. The Raptors lack a scorer from the outside. DeMar DeRozan has been alright, but he isn’t as talented as Tyreke Evans. Evans would flourish with the Raptors because Toronto center Andrea Bargnani prefers to play outside, leaving the middle wide-open. Evans could get to the hoop with reckless abandon almost any time he wanted.
The Minnesota Timberwolves need a shooting guard who can score the ball and create his own shot. While Tyreke Evans is considered to be a point guard, he could still have a lot of success sharing the backcourt with Ricky Rubio.
With Rubio handling the ball, Evans would be free to play off the ball and get better scoring opportunities. He would also fill the need the T-Wolves have for a perimeter scorer who doesn’t just shoot threes. Evans could also benefit by being under the tutelage of a seasoned NBA veteran coach like Rick Adelman.
If Steve Nash leaves in free agency, the Phoenix Suns will be reduced to nothing. They are a team that is built around Nash’s style of play and need a strong player at point guard to lead them. Why not Tyreke Evans?
They can afford a trade for Evans, and he would give them a very different point guard look in place of Nash, beginning a rebuilding period around him. Even if Nash stays, Evans could play with him, taking offensive pressure off of Nash and helping the team diversify its offense.
Plus, Evans would have the opportunity to learn how to play from a guy like Steve Nash. No young point guard could ask for a better mentor.