NBA Rumors: Pros and Cons to Tyreke Evans Shutting Himself Down for the Season

Brent NaultCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2011

NBA Rumors: Pros and Cons to Tyreke Evans Shutting Himself Down for the Season

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    Tyreke Evans is one of the best young guards in the National Basketball Association.

    Evans burst onto the scene last year with the Sacramento Kings after being drafted fourth overall in the 2009 entry draft.  

    In his first year in the NBA, Evans averaged 20.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.8 apg and 1.5 steals per game.  Tyreke made the NBA All-Rookie First Team and was voted the NBA Rookie of the Year beating out the favorite, Stephen Curry.

    This year though, has been a slightly different story.  Tyreke Evans has still been a saving grace for the Kings but, has put up considerably less productive numbers.  It has come to light recently that Evans has been dealing with plantar fasciitis that has been bothering him for quite some time.

    Evans has recently explained that there are two options for him.  The first, is for Tyreke to play through the pain until the season is over.  The second, that Evans could have surgery, sooner than later and would miss several months, possibly the rest of the season.

    This article will take a look at the five reasons why Tyreke Evans should shut it down for the year, and five reasons that he shouldn't shut it down for the season.  Without further ado, let us begin.

Should Shut It Down: Long-Term Health

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    It is always concerning when a young player like Tyreke Evans has to deal with injuries like plantar fasciitis so early on in his career.  

    Although Tyreke has been playing through these injuries and has still maintained a relatively high level of productivity, it probably isn't a good idea for him to keep playing.  Plantar fasciitis is a very painful injury to have to deal with and it could really affect the rest of Tyreke's career if he doesn't shut it down soon.

    Evans may be playing fine now but, his injury can only get worse as well as his productiveness.  In both his eyes and his teams eyes it seems only reasonable that Evans should have the surgery and rest so he can be healthy and ready for next season.

Shouldn't Shut It Down: If He Can Play Through It?

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    Even though I sympathize with the injury that Tyreke Evans has been suffering from, it hasn't stopped him from playing.

    Now, I don't fully endorse this point of view but perhaps Evans should just play out the rest of the season and then rest in the offseason.  Tyreke has only further pointed towards this option as he has been putting up massive numbers of late for the Kings.

    Tyreke could play less minutes and maybe sit out the occasional game if he believes that he can still produce even with the plantar fasciitis.

Should Shut It Down: Plantar Fasciitis Is a Pest

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    Plantar fasciitis is one of those injuries that can really bother someone for a long time without rest and/or surgery.  

    Foot injuries like plantar fasciitis tend to be very painful and can be especially hard to recover from considering that basketball requires you to put a lot of stress on your whole body, especially the feet.

    Many patients who suffer from plantar fasciitis have said that they suffer from relatively bad knee problems. If untreated, Evans could start to notice some serious pain in his knees and it could cause him to be even worse of medically.

    Evans needs to understand that this could really be a very painful thing for a very long time and that this is one injury that he should deal with immediately.

Shouldn't Shut It Down: Needs to Develop Chemistry with the Kings

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    The Sacramento Kings are an extremely young team with many players still needing to develop.  

    It is no secret that the Kings are still a few more terrible years and a few more high draft picks away from competing.  One thing though, that needs to be developed especially among the young players as they continue to grow is chemistry.  Chemistry is vital for building a championship team and is needed on teams like the Sacramento Kings.

    When I speak of chemistry I put big emphasis on three players who will be a vital part of the success of the Kings in the future.  The three players that need to develop a strong bond are DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Cassipi and of course Tyreke Evans.  

    Those three need to develop both on and off the court chemistry and become more comfortable with each other.  Having Evans around is valuable in this case because the need for working on the on court chemistry is very important.  If Tyreke can hold off until the offseason, then those three can and would develop a wonderful chemistry that could be invaluable. 

Should Shut It Down: The Kings Are Really Terrible, No Point

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    As much as I hate to say it, there is no reason other than the chemistry for Tyreke to keep playing.

    The Sacramento Kings are the worst team in the National Basketball Association and have just been plain dreadful this year.  The Kings are a league worst 6-23 and this season is totally lost.  They have absolutely no chance of making the playoffs unless they win every game from this day forth which seems incredibly unlikely.

    Tyreke Evans really has no reason to play.  If the Kings were in the race I may understand Evans waiting until the offseason but in this case he should shut it down.

Shouldn't Shut It Down: The Seats Will Be Empty! Er?

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    The Sacramento Kings have the second lowest attendance record in the NBA only above the lowly New Jersey Nets.

    The Kings are a pitiful 6-23 and there is truly no reason for most fans to attend their games if they are doing so badly.  One reason though, that an average of 13.437 show up for their home games is mostly because of their exciting young players, DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans.

    Take Evans out of this equation and it is extremely possible that there will be even less fans.  When you take out the production of Evans, you also worsen the play of Cousins.  Making the fans even less and less eager to be tickets to an NBA game.

Should Shut It Down: More Likely to Get the No. 1 Pick

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    I truly believe that the Sacramento Kings would like to win games, I mean, who doesn't enjoy winning? Unfortunately, in a tough Western Conference and with a pretty awful team all Sacramento does is lose. But, it is not all doom and gloom when you are a young team and have the worst record in the league.

    The one upside is your potential draft position in next years entry draft.  The Kings are already losing ridiculous amounts of games even with the talented Tyreke Evans.  Take Tyreke Evans out of the equation and you are probably only going to win one or two games for the rest of the season.

    Seeing as the Kings have no hope this year, it would be smart to shut Evans down and just let other young players develop.  The Kings would not win very much at all but will almost certainly be rewarded with either the first or second overall pick come draft time.  For both long term health and for the future of the franchise, Evans needs to be shut down.

Shouldn't Shut It Down: Playing Time Is Very Valuable

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    In addition to developing chemistry on the floor it is also important that Tyreke Evans sees as much time as possible so that he can continue to get better.

    If he were to be shut down, it would really put a hold on both his development and that of the teams. Especially being so young, Evans needs to become more comfortable with both his team and the NBA and needs to gain some maturity.

    Another thing is taking on a bit of a leadership role.  At some point in time, the extremely young Kings are going to need a leader.  I am a believer that the chosen one is Tyreke Evans.  Should he shut his season down, he would miss a lot of experience and will lose confidence and will delay his taking on a leadership role.

Should Shut It Down: Time to Deal with His Issues

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    In addition to resting himself physically for a long period of time it might be a good idea to shut him down to give him time to deal with his issues.  It is no secret that Evans has some personal issues and as to what they are still unknown, but whatever they are, they aren't helping him.

    It is possible that some of these problems have also affected his production and have made him seem disinterested or just plain lost lately.  The Kings need Evans, but they also need him to be sane and healthy which will only come with time off.  

    One other thing is that eventually, his issues could start affecting both the atmosphere of the locker room and the chemistry of the team which is less than desirable.

Shouldn't Shut It Down: Some Might Get the Wrong Impression

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    Before I explain let me say that this would be more of a consequence of shutting down than a consideration to not shut himself down for the distant future.

    When I say wrong impression I refer to the fans.  In Toronto last year, Bosh dealt with an injury in which he claimed he needed more time to heal and as the Raps revealed, he could have played.  Chris didn't as it is likely he didn't want to mess up his chances of landing a fat contract in the offseason.

    The circumstances are different in this case as Evans is not preparing to leave town nor is the team competitive by any means.  But, some could criticize him saying that he could keep playing and that he is just thinking about himself.  Or that he is quiting on his team and being selfish.

    That is all nonsense.  The fans will probably be unhappy but it is for the best.  This repercussion probably wouldn't bother Tyreke but it is still something to keep in mind.

    Personally, I believe he should sit the rest of the season out and recover both physically and mentally.