Sacramento Kings' Tyreke Evans Shines in First Two Summer League Games

Jason Coldiron@@tweetme1979Correspondent IJuly 13, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 25:  NBA Commissioner David Stern poses for a photograph with the fourth overall draft pick by the Sacramento Kings,  Tyreke Evans during the 2009 NBA Draft at the Wamu Theatre at Madison Square Garden June 25, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Tyreke Evans has only been a member of the Sacramento Kings for two weeks, but he is already repaying the team's faith to select him fourth overall in June's NBA draft.

 

On Saturday against the Golden State Warriors in a summer league game he had 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

 

Despite questions about his ability to play the point guard position, Evans has shown an ability to find open teammates in his first two summer league games. At the same time, he has shown his strength as a player in attacking the basket, using his long wingspan and quickness in getting to the rim.

 

Timberwolves general Manager David Kahn remarked, "He's almost like a football player. He needs a little bit of a head of steam, but … he will always find the hole like a running back and hit the hole and take it to the basket and score or get fouled. … We thought very highly of him." (Sacramento Bee)

 

Another benefit of Evans attacking the rim is his knack for getting to the free—throw line. In his first two games he has had ten and twelve free—throw attempts, respectively.

 

Evans figures to start this season alongside team leader Kevin Martin.

 

Martin is know for his efficiency and is consistently among the league leaders in free—throw attempts.

 

A back—court pairing of Martin and Evans, with both of them getting to the line consistently, could very well prove to be a strong starting point for the Kings' offense. It will also create match-up problems and create havoc for smaller opponents' back-courts.

 

It is only two games into the summer league play for Evans, but he is already showing signs of his great promise and giving the Kings hope for the upcoming season.