Sacramento Kings’ star Tyreke Evans spent a solid portion of the 2011-12 season at the three spot and while he played an effective small forward, you could tell it wasn’t exactly his favorite.
The former Rookie of the Year stat down with Kings play-by-play man Grant Napear during a KHTK interview recently and covered a handful of topics, one of which was the position change and his feelings towards it:
“It doesn’t really matter but if it was my decision I think I’m better with the ball in my hands but I did a good job of learning how to play the three spot, even though that is not my natural position, but I learned a lot of things that towards the end of the season I got better at. I just think it’s getting better and playing different positions and learning new things but I think I’m better with the ball in my hands.”
On the surface, it’s hard to disagree with Evans who’s ball domination leads to video game stats, but is it effective in a team setting? On one hand, it does allow Evans to be the play maker he can successfully be, but on the other, his tendency to stagnate the offense with excessive dribbling (and he’s not alone in doing this) can be a hefty damper.
At still such a young age, Evans has plenty of time to grow into a more mature player, one that doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be effective (like so many youthful talents currently are), but as of the current moment it seems like Evans has a point – he’s more effective with the ball in his hands. The Kings as a unit though? That’s a potentially different story.
Somehow, someway, the two sides need to find an effective medium to allow Evans to be the talent he is, but maintaining the offensive balance that a more traditional point, like Isaiah Thomas, can bring.