Dear Tyreke Evans:
Today in the Bee, Ailene Voisin has a column dedicated to the potential brilliance of you, Tyreke Evans. It's worth reading naturally, but there is a lot of meat to the piece. Since you're probably busy playing Call of Duty or some other video game I've never heard of or don't care about, I'll just read out loud some parts of the column that I really think are important pertaining to the growth and best interests of your career moving forward. Here goes:
"Yeah, yeah, we have guys who can do things," Evans said with a forceful nod. "I think we're building a real team. I don't feel as much pressure to do so much. I don't have to have the ball in my hands all the time, even though I'm used to that. We're going to stop being selfish. My goal this year is to play defense, to will myself to play great defense."
You're getting used to me saying it by now: This Kings team will go as Tyreke Evans goes. And, guess what, what's new about that? The most interesting thing that Tyreke Evans said in the column was that "the pressure to do as much" is no longer there. Hmmm, ya think?
There is a natural pecking order to this Kings team that we haven't seen in some time. (The collective we as it were. As if there is any other kind incidentally. Or something.) There seems to be a reasonable 3 man or 4 man rotation that works as such: DeMarcus Cousins, Chuck Hayes, JJ Hickson and Jason Thompson. Rather than trying to fit Jason Thompson in this time around at the 3 spot (like everyone else I hated it too), there is no reason. There are no shortage of guys who can man the 3 spot. Jason Thompson is the 4th big man in this rotation (based on his play in pre-season). Having a natural pecking order up front from day one helps this team a great deal.
There is an actual SF for Tyreke Evans to work with for whom production is the norm and not the hope.
One of the things that would always illustrate and mark how Tyreke Evans grew as a NBA player would be the ability to balance the facilitation he absolutely needed to accomplish as a player with the ball in his hands so often, scoring while doing the facilitation, and maintaining the energy to be a defensive stopper to boot.
I've said for awhile that I think 2 years is a reasonable amount of buffer time to let a player grow and develop. (Notice I won't be writing this about DeMarcus Cousins quite yet.) For Tyreke Evans it's put up or shutup time. It's time to illustrate what is and isn't important. You see Tyreke? Fans actually care about this stuff. The stuff above wasn't even addressed to you but the 30 or 40 readers who may stumble upon this in an insomnia ridden hysterical mood.
Further on down in Voisin's column:
"Coach talked to me about (improving) my defense before camp," Evans said. "I know if I play great defense, we can be a good team. That's why I asked coach to put me on Monta (Ellis). It's not easy, though. When I talked to Chuck (Hayes) in practice, he said, 'You have to defend to make the playoffs.' Chuck has helped me a lot. Never played with anybody who talked so much on defense. But, man, it's hard."