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Evans was advertised as the Kings future after his promising rookie season but then took a step back this past season.
He is a good player that could be great. He has handles like pots and pans, is capable of scoring on just about anyone when he gets to the hoop and has the size and length to be a top tier defender.
Despite all this, there are some glaring weaknesses with the young prospect.
Although the big focus of the Kings past offseason was the development of his improved shooting form, his shooting percentages were lower across the board, aside from a marginal improvement from behind the arc.
I don't want to get down on the guy too much, he dealt with plantar fasciitis for the majority of the season, which will severely limit a player's physical ability. The only way for his heel to heal: rest.
He had surgery and had a quick recovery to be able to comeback, but realistically he should have been shutdown earlier in the year so he could recover faster and not push a him to potentially strain or injure something else.
I know players deal with injuries on a game to game basis, but considering how this team wasn't exactly competing for a playoff spot sitting Evans wasn't going to hurt anyone.
With that very long preface, I will now begin breaking down his real problems.
He has a tendency to slack on defense while he has the timing and physical gifts to be a great defender, the intensity and drive isn't always there.
With a knack for getting to the lane and great body control, Evans is a tough cover for just about any player. When his defender sags off and forces him to shoot however, Evans struggles.
If he does drive, pushing him towards his left or with help on defense Evans has a hard time converting, as any player would when taking on two or three defenders at one time.
The Memphis product will need to improve on his jump shot greatly and look to pass more when he gets in the lane. Often he leaves his feet with no where to go and tries to find someone to bail him out and will either turn the ball over or do too much too late.
Evans will still be a star in this league if he manages to work on and correct these areas of his game. And at 22, he still has plenty of room to grow.