Tyreke Evans Injury: Updates on Pelicans Guard's Knee and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist

New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) reacts after stealing the ball to win an NBA basketball game during the second half against the Houston Rockets, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 110-108. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
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New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans dealt with knee soreness that forced him to miss Monday's contest against Memphis Grizzlies. However, he is ready to return. 

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Evans Active vs. Timberwolves 

Tuesday, Jan. 19

Evans was available to play against Minnesota on Tuesday, per Scott Kushner of the Advocate.

Evans' Health Crucial to Pelicans' Hopes of Turning Season Around

He scored 16.6 points a night last season and averaged at least 14.5 points a game every year since the Sacramento Kings drafted him fourth overall in 2009. Thus far, Evans is averaging 15.7 points, 6.7 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game this season.

Evans is not a great three-point shooter (career 28.7 percent), but he can attack the lane off the bounce and finish through contact when he gets to the rim. He can also set up his teammates to score when opposing defenses collapse on his penetration and hit from mid-range if he has an open look.

Evans is a capable perimeter defender as well because he is athletic enough to stick with ball-handlers and tall enough at 6’6” to bother outside shooters.