The Kings have had five players named to an NBA All-Defensive first or second team in franchise history. The last was the then-named Ron Artest in 2006, who was a first-team choice. Kings coach Keith Smart believes Tyreke Evans has the ability to become an elite defender and join those ranks. Evans has shown flashes of being that kind of defender – his shadowing of New Orleans forward Trevor Ariza in the closing seconds of the Kings' win Wednesday is one example. Smart believes Evans could defend guards and small forwards at a high level. "I've got the length and the strength to cover (guards or forwards)," Evans said. "I've just got to stay ready at all times and stop reaching sometimes, and I'll be a better defender." Evans is 6-foot-6 with long arms and athleticism. What Evans is still trying to figure out in his third season is how aggressive to be. "I don't know," Evans said. "It seems like when I try to play physical I get in foul trouble. I just try to stay active out there and be ready to be aggressive."
Evans progressing as a defender
Sacramento Bee | Mar 10