SF Prospect: Tyreke Evans

Published: July 1, 2013

The Basics

Height: 6-6

Wingspan: 6’11”

Weight: 220lbs

Experience: 4 years

Teams: Kings

Quick Hits

Scoring mentality

Acrobatic finisher around the basket

Good length and decent defensive ability/potential

Poor decision maker

Below-Average Shooter

His Offensive Game

Coming out of college Evans was seen as a prolific scorer with excellent defensive potential. In the NBA this has translated fairly evenly as he’s met those expectations. Tyreke is a guard who likes to attack. When he sees an opportunity he takes it to the rack. At the basket Evans finished an astounding 64% of his shots.

Tyreke also has an ability to post-up his opposition and finish through contact. Roughly 40% of the time he drew a foul, something any coach would love to add to his teams offensive execution. To this Evans loves to isolate. While he does showcase a knack for operating the pick-and-roll Tyreke enjoys the one on one match-up against his opponent.

This can lead to the negative aspect of his game. Evans takes a tonne of bad shots. This is coupled with his terrible jump-shot. He doesn’t possess an ability to make the best decision and this is partly due to his willingness to operate in an AAU style offense.

His Defensive Game

Evans was asked to defend the opponents best wing player for most of the season. The problem was that the tumultuous situation in Sacramento often meant that the most tactful defensive schemes were rarely implemented. The Kings were only a slightly better defensive team with Evans on the floor. The team gave up 0.7 points-per-100 possessions more with him off the floor.

His long arms and decent lateral quickness gives him the potential to be a very good defender in the NBA. The system in Sacramento just didn’t allow him to flourish.

Rebounding Rates

Tyreke Evans Rebounding Rates


For the majority of his career Tyreke Evans has been a below-average rebounder for a small-forward. Here we compare the league-average for small-forwards to Evans who isn’t up to par. For a player of his size you would expect him to be better. However you have to remember that for much of his career he’s been considered a point-guard or shooting-guard. The responsibility for him to collect rebounds hasn’t always been there.

Scoring in Detail


Notes from Chart

  • Tyreke Evans does not attempt a lot of three-pointers, nor does he make many either. This chart has comparatively improved since his rookie season as his mid-range game improves. However it is still very poor and attributes to the assessment that he’s a one-track offensive player. 
  • Evans finishes 55% of his attempts within 3-5 feet of the basket. He finishes 64% when attempting to layup or dunk closer to the basket.
  • It’s promising to see some green beyond the arc, though with more attempts Evans may see a decline in his percentage.

How He Fits

Evans’ fit into the New Orleans Pelicans is interesting. It’s rumored that if New Orleans views him as a small-forward that he is unlikely to sign regardless of the offer made to him. Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon and he all are extremely similar players. They need the ball in their hand to succeed.

This would indicate that the Pelicans have offers on the table for Eric Gordon, or that they are pursuing them actively. Evans would then slot into the void at shooting-guard. He could succeed in a small-forward role, but next to Gordon and Holiday that would be highly unlikely as all are below-average three-point shooters.

Defensively Evans could shine in the small-forward or shooting-guard role. He has excellent size and length as well as decent lateral quickness. The issue again here is that Gordon and Holiday are both similar players.

It’s highly unlikely that Tyreke Evans would sign a contract to come to New Orleans to be a sixth man. Once a rookie-of-the-year Evans wants to be in a situation that highlights his skills and gives him room for growth. Tyreke’s minutes in Sacramento have been on the decline and he wants to be a prolific part of the next organisation he becomes a part of.

Why You Should Want Him to Sign 

Two areas that many players become better at as their careers advance are jump-shooting and defense. Evans appears to have the foundation to improve upon these. If the Pelicans want to get rid of Eric Gordon and have a plan in place to do so then Evans is a logical replacement. He has never missed more than 25 games in a season.

Expected Contract

4 years, $44 million

This is the reported offer that Evans has on the table and he is meeting with the Kings at this very moment to see if they are willing to match it. If he agrees to the deal with the Pelicans, it will likely spell the end for both Greivis Vasquez and Robin Lopez, but Dell would still have the flexibility to get a solid wing and center to fill out the roster.

Evans does not to be a perfect fit, but there is no denying that he is a HUGE talent upgrade that still has tremendous upside and the ability to be a difference maker in the league. Those guys aren’t easy to come by, and you can argue that Dell has landed two of them in the past week.


  1. Dillion77

    July 1, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    If we get Evans, do we get a backup sf or give Miller time as a back up, or do we get a stop-gap center??

  2. Dillion77

    July 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Update: Did some poking around Cowbell Kingdom and found our good ol’ McNamara247 has been down there and asking questions! Oh how i love our moderators! http://cowbellkingdom.com/2013/07/01/how-much-do-sacramento-kings-fans-think-tyreke-evans-is-worth/

  3. Mkerrigan1

    July 1, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    This is great news for our team!! Save money on Gordon (that hasnt even played half a season since he’s been here) for a talented guard and create cap space. I would like a break down of how much and see if there is enough left to sign Iggy or Asik!! Would love to see either in a Pelicans jersey and both are on the market!!

  4. 504ever

    July 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I am glad to see some one else say that this is likely a play for a starting SG to replace Gordon.  That’s how I read it.

  5. Larry Lemoine

    July 1, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    This Tyreke Evans story is a head scratcher. First Evans is not a Monty type player. Poor defense and bad shot selection. No possible way the Pelicans are successful with Jrue, EG and Tyreke on the same floor. We become the Kings with 3 guys who all need the ball in their hands to be useful.
    Everyone is assuming Dell must have a taker for Gordon – but who? He got this terrible contract at $15+ million per year for 3 more years. He hasn’t done anything the last 2 years. Who takes that contract. Even the dumb GM’s know better. The only trade right now for Gordon will be for another bad contract. That doesn’t help us.

    • AngryCookies

      July 1, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      We become the kings WTF we have an allstar pg and AD who is the future face of this franchise is improving on a good rookie not to mention Ryno. Everyone wants to be the gm I’m sure they have a plan for this to work you don’t know if it will work or not.

    • adogg57

      July 2, 2013 at 12:57 am

      “Being the kings” is not exactly an awful thing on the offensive side of the ball. It went overlooked because their defense remained terrible, but the Kings actually had a top 5 offense after the All-Star break last year. Their problem was that they had no structure or chemistry defensively. Offensively, however, Evans showed that he could be a crucial part of an effective offense.

      • mazonmafia

        July 2, 2013 at 2:25 am

        adogg57 Add in jrue and davis = much better defense.

    • AngryCookies

      July 2, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      I respectfully disagree. 1. ‘Reke will come off the bench, according to multiple reports. 2. Positions don’t exist. What position was LeBron in the playoffs? Who played center in the finals? We need to stop pigeonholing guys into positions. It’s all about skill sets. Monty and Dell are both from San Antonio and both want the Pels to have great ball movement, just like the Spurs, and guys who can create their own shots. Evans fits the bill (no pun intended). 3. Monty and Dell want young vets. They want the guys to grow together. Evans is one. We’ve seen how Monty can help guys like Belinelli, Roberts, Smith, and Lopez become serviceable players. Why can’t he help a 23 year-old get better? 4. This team has potential to win a championship in a few years. Holiday, Evans, Gordon, Anderson, and Davis all have all-star potential. 5. Dell has a plan, and he is absolutely informed. He has plucked players that have not even been heard of before. He knows exactly what he’s doing.

  6. dalshearer

    July 1, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    NBA channel just showed Tyreke Evans signs offer sheet from the Pelicans.

  7. lsucpolk

    July 1, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    This is shaping up to be a very interesting offseason.  Holiday and Tyreke are both players that very few people had on their radars. Now, I am even more interested in seeing who is on their way out of Nola.

  8. LaNative

    July 1, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I saw the blowup between Monty and EG as the final straw.  It became apparent (at least to me) that the EG project was done.  I understand why they matched and hoped that he would mature and get on board, but he hasn’t and I don’t see that being tolerated by either Dell or Monty any longer.  Plus Benson wants to win in order to fill the arena and you simply don’t know what you will get with that Jekyll and Hyde personality of EG.  This is going to be interesting to watch, but I’m in for the ride.

  9. mazonmafia

    July 2, 2013 at 2:18 am

    EG to the Phoenix Suns… for… Marcin Gortat and Jared Dudley.  In one move you add a starting center and small forward.  Dudley is underrated defensively and a great shooter.  Gortat will be an upgrade on Lopez with much better rebounding and similar defense.  Combined contracts are worth about 12million w/ the more expensive, although well-priced, Gortat off the books after next year.  This allows us help to pay Tyreke’s contract as well (save $2.4 mil).  It may be too good to be true, but the Suns may be looking to “blow it up/tank” this year w/ Gordon and Len their first two cornerstones plus next yrs draft.
    Starters: Jrue, Evans, Dudley, Davis, Gortat ….. Bench: Vasquez, Rivers, FA (Wright/Budinger), Anderson, Smith ….. Extended bench: Jackson, Roberts, Miller, Thomas

    • malltmont

      July 2, 2013 at 5:45 am

      mazonmafia I would take that deal in a heartbeat, but not sure Phoenix does.  You generally don’t “blow up” a team by taking on long-term salary commitments.  Len and Gordon would be on the books, combined, for almost $30 million next year.  In fact, I don’t know how Houston unloads either Len or Asik with their backloaded contracts.  Remember, the Knicks wanted to re-sign Len, and likely would have at the average annual rate paid by Houston, but they were terrified of the luxury tax hit next season based on the structure of his salary which pays him, Jeremy Len, not Lebron James, James Hardan or even Eric Gordan, $15 million in 2014-2015.

      • mazonmafia

        July 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm

        malltmont mazonmafia I was talking Alex Len, rookie center drafted by the suns. His contract isn’t that much.  I should have given his full name.  I think the suns would have a few good foundations with dragic, Gordon, and alex len… Although I’m really just trying to robe them of their talent. 🙂

    • dalshearer

      July 2, 2013 at 6:32 am

      mazonmafia I”m pretty sure EG can’t be traded to the Suns this year since he got an offer sheet from them last year and the Hornets matched. I believe he can’t be traded directly to the Suns for at least another year.

      • Jason Calmes

        July 2, 2013 at 6:45 am

        dalshearer mazonmafia That restriction lifts mid-July, on the anniversary of the Hornets matching the deal. There was a good deal of confusion on this point, and Coon has since updated his FAQ page to clarify.

    • shutupmexicano

      July 3, 2013 at 4:31 am

      mazonmafia unfortunately dudley is being traded to the clippers

  10. berlinhornets1

    July 2, 2013 at 2:42 am

    I am on board with Tyreke. But only if Gordon leaves. The talk of him coming off the bench in a Ginobili kind of role is nonsense in my opinion. It may have been floated to whomever Dell is bargaining in regard to Gordon. Just to show that we are not desperate to get rid of EG and thus increase his value. As our starting off-guard I would love to have Tyreke.
    Dillion Just followed the link you McNammars question on the Kings blog. I just realized again how happy I am with the people discussing on this site. It might get heated sometimes, but nothing compared to what some say on other sites.

    • yaboytonez

      July 2, 2013 at 8:18 am

      We should really need to get rid of Gordon.

  11. Houpgarou

    July 2, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Obviously we’re on the right track if we’ve gone from “we really need someone to take the ball to rim / create a good shot” to ” will there be enough shots to go around” . Love it. No 3 pt specialists here but all these guys are capable enough spot up shooters to support each other on drive and kick, including reke. Look at the numbers. Woe be to him that double teams against this crew.
    Side note, don’t like how autocorrect changes reke to reek on my machine

  12. Houpgarou

    July 2, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Who’s in for some small ball?!!? Love the idea myself, though it’d be nice to add a rebounding center ( ideally asik for Vasquez, but doubt we could ,make cap space happen) to start and defensive rebounding oriented 3 (brewer, aminu??!?) to bring off bench with Ryan.

    • shutupmexicano

      July 3, 2013 at 4:28 am

      Houpgarou Asik and or Igoudala are at the top of my wish list

  13. 504ever

    July 2, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I would love to see a Tyreke Evans offer sheet page to consolidate all of the updates, cap space, line-up, and next step moves discussion.

    • Jason Calmes

      July 2, 2013 at 9:34 am

      504ever Around $11m average, starting around $10m.
      No cap space, just the Room MLE to do add non-min free agent.$2.6m
      Roster is the same, less Lopez. Maybe losing Vasquez or some combination of Roberts and Harris.
      Not a huge change.

      • 504ever

        July 2, 2013 at 10:26 am

        Jason Calmes504ever 
        Not MLE ($5.1M) and/or Room MLE ($2.6M)?  What about Bi-annual E ($2.0M)?

      • Jason Calmes

        July 2, 2013 at 10:35 am

        The Room MLE is the $2.6m referenced.
        You get exactly one of the three MLE flavors. The Holitrade is into space, so it is the Room flavor. No biannual for teams with space. Same as last year.

      • 504ever

        July 2, 2013 at 11:47 am

        Jason Calmes  
        Thanks!  If we do deal that puts us slightly over the cap, can we then get the $5.1M MLE instead?  I am thinking sign Aminu or sign and trade with Vasquez and Budinger.  (All of this assumes we don’t trade Gordon, which I assume is unlikely.)

      • Jason Calmes

        July 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm

        Once you use space, like in the highly unbalanced Jrue trade, your MLE for the season is thr Room.

      • 504ever

        July 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm

        Jason Calmes That’s too bad.  Then there is no way Gordon doesn’t get traded.  It may ahppen after he plays and proves he is healthy, but it happens.  You can’t have $42M tied up in 5 guys, two of whom play the same position.  There is no way to field a competitive team.  So the Evans acquisition was done to get a replacement for Gordon lined up before he is traded.  If not it looks like all you can do with your line-up is sign Aminu.  You aren’t allowed to do anymore.

  14. AngryCookies

    July 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I like the signing but we probably will have to give them Vasquez and Lopez in a sign and trade which I’m fine with. With losing those two the other two free agents I would target are Samuel Dalembert to bang with Dwight and Hibbert and either Dorrell Wright, Franciso Garcia or Chris Copeland to knock down the three and guard some of the bigger SF.

    • 504ever

      July 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      If I read Jason’s responses below correctly, we will only have $4.8M/year at most, assuming we move Vasquez for a draft pick or with Lopez, to pay a new player, and we have needs at SF and C.

      • Larry Lemoine

        July 2, 2013 at 7:31 pm

        504ever AngryCookies That’s why I hope this deal falls apart (although it’s hard to imagine the Kings matching). $26 million committed to 2 SG’s who most likely won’t be effective on the court at the same time. Trading Gordon is highly unlikely at this time due to a lack of trading partners. We still need SF who can spread the floor and hit 3’s to compliment all of these drive to the basket guards. Now we have very little salary cap room if we pick up this new contract with Evans. I think Dell is making a big mistake.

      • 504ever

        July 2, 2013 at 7:59 pm

        Larry Lemoine 504ever AngryCookies 
        Totally agree, but I do expect Gordon to be traded this season.

      • AngryCookies

        July 2, 2013 at 8:19 pm

        A lot of y’all are over thinking this worried to much this cap situation which is stupid we have the money spend it. I mean come on theirs no need to hold on to that money or spend it on guys like Corey Brewer or Dorrell Wright yeah they’re nice fits but we won’t get anywhere with them. If it doesn’t workout we could trade Gordon in February for some guys but I like what the pelicans are doing.

      • Jason Calmes

        July 2, 2013 at 8:05 pm

        504ever AngryCookies It’s worse than that. You can’t mix cap space and the MLE of any sort. So $1m Cap Space + $2.6m Room MLE can’tbe used to sign a $3.6m player.
        You can add salary more effectively in a trade. So you can send out a $2m player and get $3m back, then sign a $2.6m player.

      • 504ever

        July 2, 2013 at 9:10 pm

        Jason Calmes504everAngryCookies 
        Ouch!  So we have the $2.6M Room MLE which can go to one (or two but I don’t see how) player(s), and Vasquez’s $2.15M plus whatever our remaining cap space is on another player (again, or two but I don’t see how).  Doing a Vasquez trade could net us 110% of Vasquez’s salary I think.  So maybe we can resign Aminu with the Room MLE and sign and trade for Wright?  
        That’s about it unless renouncing Henry (or Aminu) will increase our cap space.  Jason, will that work?

      • Jason Calmes

        July 2, 2013 at 10:20 pm

        504ever Jason Calmes AngryCookies This is a work in progress, but check here:
        This is the salary page with some `advanced features’.
        At this point, it does NOT include Jrue’s incentives.
        If Vasquez goes with Lopez, that will likely just mean Evans is being paid $48m.

      • 504ever

        July 2, 2013 at 11:30 pm

        Jason Calmes504everAngryCookies 
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        So the blue ink
        regular type figures are cap holds that can be renounced?  The remaining
        cap space is slightly understated because you used the 15 highest
        salaries?  Signing Aminu for under his $3.75M cap hold also saves cap
        space, the difference between $3.75M and what he signs for?
        All of the above goes
        in the cap space basket along with the possible trade of Vasquez’s $2.2M
        salary?Can Aminu be signed into the
        Room MLE and his $3.75M go into cap space?Or does cap space have to come first, especially since he has a cap

      • 504ever

        July 2, 2013 at 11:36 pm

        Jason Calmes AngryCookies 
        I can’t edit out the garbage because the textboox slides too far left and off of the page to allow me to see the needed buttons, which is why I was cutting and pasting to begin with.
        Also, Jason, these threads are why I suggested a new area for comments on the proposed Evans offered sheet.

  15. AngryCookies

    July 2, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    A lot of y’all are over thinking this worried to much this cap situation which is stupid we have the money spend it. I mean come on theirs no need to hold on to that money or spend it on guys like Corey Brewer or Dorrell Wright yeah they’re nice fits but we won’t get anywhere with them. If it doesn’t workout we could trade Gordon in February for some guys but I like what the pelicans are doing.

  16. 504ever

    July 2, 2013 at 11:40 pm

  17. 504ever

    July 3, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Jason,  I think if we can sign Aminu and 2nd round pick Jackson into the Room MLE and we cut Henry and Mason, we don’t even have to give up Lopez or Vasquez to sign Evans.  Then we have more time to decide about those two players who lead the team in minutes played last year.  
    So can we sign players into the Room MLE to free up cap space for Evans?

    • Jason Calmes

      July 3, 2013 at 7:18 am

      504ever I think the current calculations already don’t have Mason or Aminu in them, but you can’t sign them into the Exception while you have Cap Space. The Exception is meant to send you over the Cap. Thus, you have to be going over the cap in that transaction to use it. 
      Order is important.
      I’ll be updating that page tonight and may do a post about the MLE and other Cap stuff as I flesh out that area. 
      Any suggestions / requests are welcome.

      • 504ever

        July 3, 2013 at 8:57 am

        Then can we waive Aminu, sign Evans, and then sign Aminu, given we never made Aminu a qualifying offer? It does the same thing.

      • Jason Calmes

        July 3, 2013 at 9:03 am

        He wasn’t eligible since we didn’t take his option.
        We wouldn’t waive him, just the ability to use his Bird rights yo sign him.
        But, yes, he is not hurting us.

      • 504ever

        July 3, 2013 at 1:20 pm

        Jason Calmes  
        It looks like the Salary Cap page shows $8.7M in cap holds that come from the “administrative figures” [cap holds] for Aminu, Henry, Mason, and Admunson.  So how can the Pelicans acess that cap space for Evans, without trading Lopez or Vasquez now?  I assume there is a way tyhat I don’t know about.

      • Jason Calmes

        July 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm

        The cap figure lines below that detail various ways to manipulate these holds. Check the “hover bubbles.”

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