In light of the fact this is the craziest, most unpredictable NBA draft in years, I want to submit a late-game approach that is completely crazy and unpredictable, but one that makes perfect sense. Confused yet? Good, because Tyreke Evans continues to baffle everyone who spends time inside Power Balance Pavilion, including his bosses. Two years after drafting the talented freshman out of Memphis and anointing him the team's point guard of the future, the Kings are pursuing trades and analyzing prospects in an ongoing search for their … point guard of the future. That is not Tyreke. That was never going to be Tyreke. Game over. That doesn't mean we don't like Tyreke, that Tyreke isn't a good player, that Tyreke isn't a potential All-Star. It simply means throwing out the old script and casting the third-year guard into a different role - that of an elite, perhaps even formidable defender who creates scoring opportunities with steals, deflections and rebounds and often is the recipient on the fast break. In other words, reverse the priorities. Take the ball out of his hands. Be daring, be creative. Establish Evans as a major defensive contributor, then fixate on incorporating his unique scoring skills within a broader team concept, possibly as a hybrid at shooting guard or small forward. "When I look at Tyreke's size (6-foot-6, 220 pounds) and his long arms, and how quick his hands are," former Kings star Doug Christie said during a recent visit, "I think he could be a real force at the head of the defense. He is just so strong, so physical, and he has the quickness to stay in front of people. He could slow penetration and take a lot of pressure off the bigs (forwards, centers). The Kings' defense would be so much better. He just has to want to do it." This brings us back to the original concept, specifically why the Kings are actively engaged in trade talks leading up to today's draft, with plans to hit the free-agent market heavily later this summer. They no longer deny, deny, deny that they desperately need a ball mover, that their point guard play is inadequate, predictable, stagnant, often painful to watch. Of course, when a team wins 25 games in 2009-10 and only 24 games the following season despite the additions of Samuel Dalembert, DeMarcus Cousins and Marcus Thornton (midseason), everything is up for discussion and consideration, including major personnel moves and coaching philosophy.
Kings should give Evans new role
Sacramento Bee | Jun 23