For Tyreke Evans, his sophomore season wasn’t the storybook we all envisioned after his magical rookie campaign. He was still impressive from a statistical standpoint, but his lingering injury clearly hampered Evans’ ability which made many outside of Sacramento (and even some locally) forget just how talented the 2009-10 rookie of the year is.
SLAM Magazine sat down with the Kings star (along with a few from Team Tyreke) and talked about the troubles of last season as well as Evans’ expectations out of what will hopefully be the ’11-12 season, including his apparently much improved jumper – which actually was his go-to tool according to Lamont Peterson:
Peterson also witnessed all of this first hand. “If anyone’s watched Reke since 8th grade,” he says, “the best part of his game has always been his jumper. In high school, a three-pointer, that was a layup for him.” He believes Evans lost his range during his single year playing NCAA ball, when then-Memphis head coach John Calipari emphasized the dribble-drive. “That’s where he went away from his pull-up,” Peterson continues. “In the League, as you see, he’s unguardable when he attacks the basket. The only weakness in his game is inconsistency from the perimeter. This summer he dedicated himself to just getting a lot of shots up. That’s the thing—when he’s in a rhythm, he’s consistent.”
“I just spoke to him a few weeks ago in L.A.,” Bergeron says, “and I said, ‘Reke, you’re abandoning your jumpshot.’ He said, ‘Coach, if the first one or two go in, I shoot it. If not, I’m going to the rim.’”
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