Say what you will about Evans – he’s had a disappointing sophomore season, at least so far. There are a variety of issues to throw blame on – injuries to his ankles, his feet, his thighs and even his arms. Then you have the “personal issues” Evans was dealing with. It’s been nothing short of a roller coaster first half for the Kings ace in the hole.
Even more frustrating for King fans though is Evans’ lack of improvement in his decision making. What could (and still can be) contributed to youth hasn’t seen much, if any progression through the first half of this season and some might even say his decision making has regressed. Surely, the poor decision making has been aided by an injuries and Evans attempting to do more than physically allowed, but sometimes it’s nothing more than pure stupidity, for a a lack of better terms.
The Kings most certainly built up Evans more than he should have been and promoted his inflated statistical rookie campaign to a fault – and by no stretch is that a knock on Evans, just reality. And unfortunately, that perceived savior reputation looks to have been crowned prematurely.
Don’t get me wrong – Evans is one hell of a player and is extremely young – his ceiling appears to be as high as just about anybody in the league currently, but expecting him to morph into a franchise savior might have been asking a bit too much. A cornerstone, for sure. The Basketball Jesus himself? Time will only tell.
Evans has the tools to succeed at a consistent All-Star level, maybe even more. But he needs to learn the game to become the player many of us believe he can be.
That bridge is no small challenge – the ravine to basketball stardom is littered with “could have been’s”.
So that begs the question – knowing what you know, are you worried about Tyreke Evans’ future?