Tyreke Evans is taking his basketball rebirth in stride. And the Grizzlies swingman’s aggressive, driving layups and pull-up 3-pointers have him leading the early conversation for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award. Evans is showing no signs of easing up on the accelerator. After starting the season on a minutes restriction, Evans’ playing time has increased to 30-plus minutes per game since Oct. 30. He’s provided the Grizzlies with more scoring punch by averaging 24.3 points on 53 percent shooting in the past four games. Proof of Evans’ improved 3-point shooting is that he connected on 11 of 24 shots (45.8 percent) from long distance during that span. Evans’ 17.1 point per game this season is the most by any NBA bench player with zero starts. Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson (15.1 ppg) is second. Evans also boasts career highs in several shooting percentages: field goal (.488), 3-point (.447) and free throw (.889). His efficiency and clutch scoring has Evans on the floor often in the final stages of fourth quarters.