There’s no question that the Kings’ Tyreke Evans is a polarizing player – not in the traditional sense, but in regards to his on-floor game. While many, if not all, were singing his praises during his rookie season, a few years of injuries combined with a lack of growth has soured some on the former Rookie of the Year – not only from fans, but from the Kings’ front office who apparently entertained trade offers for the Memphis product.
At only 23 years of age, giving up on a player with the size, athleticism and unique skill set that Evans possesses could be catastrophic – but on the flip side, committing financially to a player’s promise is something a small market franchise like the Kings simply can’t make a mistake on.
Evans, finally healthy, has spent much of the offseason refining his game – playing in leagues from San Francisco to New York (literally), working with hired shooting coaches to joining the Kings voluntary workouts put on by Isaiah Thomas that not all players attended. He’s done everything asked of him and more – so despite your feelings on Evans, he’s certainly putting in the work to elevate his game.
Below, you can see some of Evans’ offseason work earlier this Summer thanks to a mixtape from Yay Area’s Finest:
It’s streetball, but Evans’ explosion and quickness looks as good as it has since his rookie campaign.
Here’s to a resurgent ’12-13, Reke. We’re rooting for you.