How good of a Closer can Tyreke Evans become?
As a kings fan highly anticipating the upcoming season with tyreke and demarcus cousins, i wonder just how good of a closer tyreke can become. Here are the games (to my knowledge) that tyreke made the game winning play, whether it was defense, a buzzer beater or the "dagger"
vs. Houston (november): he hits two pull up jumpers over aaron brooks that sealed the win
vs. Washington (december): he rips gilbert arenas in the final seconds to seal that win
@ Milwaukee (december): he patents the "tyreke step" on andrew bogut on his way for a lay up in the final seconds
@ Chicago (december): the epic 35 point comeback was emphatically concluded by tyreke's jumper at the top of the key over derrick rose in the final minute to complete the comeback win
vs. Denver (january): tyreke drives the lane on kenyon martin and everyone expects him to try for a layup but he stops and hits a turnaround jumper in the final seconds to win that game
vs. New York (February): he left jared jeffries stuck to the floor with the infamous step through for a layup early in the OT and then in the end he gets to the rim and is fouled by wilson chandler, hits both free throws making it a two possession game and sealing that victory
vs. Detroit (february): after having a bad game up until the final 6 minutes, he makes all the plays down the stretch to secure the W
I didnt watch every game but these are the games i know for sure that he sealed for wins. My question is, if in his rookie season he can close 7 games (maybe more) how much better of a closer can he be say if/when he really solidifies his mid range jumper and mind you some of those wins were secured by him hitting jumpers. And dont say he's on a bad team because he'd be the best player on a lot of teams and he'd have the ball in his hands in those situations so that's not a valid argument.
I think he can become one of the best closers in the NBA and among the league leaders in 4th quarter scoring.
if he can develop a reliable jumper he can be great.
I think he's going to be a good closer, by looking at his killer instinct that he seemed to unveil more and more as the season wore on. Now he's not going to be a Kobe kind of closer, but then again, who is? I see him maybe struggling to close games out within the next 2 seasons but he's only 20. Give him until he's 23 and he'll show his killer instinct and ability to close out games. The Kings are 1 good draft pick away from being a contender for years to come. DeMarcus is 20, Tyreke is 20.. They've got PLENTY of time. Bandwagon fans need to jump on it right now before Fransisco Garcia's, Beno Udrih, and Samuel Dalemberts contracts expire, it'll be too late by that time.
So tongue out? Your on the bandwagon?
I think Evans will be a very good closer. I'm interested to see what he does with another good player next to him. I think he could be a top 6 closer in the NBA in a few years. Right now, he has to help that team get some more wins.
No, I'm a Rockets fan and will always be a Rockets fan, although I'm also a fan of the Memphis Tigers in college basketball so I'll root for players from Memphis. (i.e. Tyreke Evans)
And even if I'd like to be a bandwagon fan, I AM from California, so that's a good enough reason to go for my state's capital. Lol. But no, I'm not jumping on the bandwagon.
I was just asking lol.
The biggest question is the Jumper. Once the best teams in the league learn to Gameplan him a little better, I think his effectiveness in crunch time will really be affected untill he rounds out his game.
He has just as much potential as anybody in a while, but the jumper is a must. Guys like Battier and Sefalosha just to name a few aren't going to fall for the blowby to the right every time in a close game.
Scary thing about Reke is how effective he has been with such a limited array right now. Even scarier thing is I think he has more potential on defense. Could be the best defensive PG in the league if he had half a mind to.
tyreke is a future superstar if he keeps this up
the greatest closer of all time. tyreke is a freak.
the greatest closer of all time. tyreke is a freak.
What do you mean teams will be able to game plan to stop him? They had 82 games last year to figure it out and im pretty sure no one came up with anything, hes so big and strong that he can get to the line when ever he wants. The biggest thing he should be working on is free throws. He shot only 74% so if he could get it so the 84-85 range he would be a killer at the end of the games the way he draws fouls.
he is a good closer because he has a special ability that very few have. He can get to where ever he wants to go on the floor,but at the gaurd spot they are limited. He got to go one on one in his rookie season and he has shown he can beat 95% of the league one on one. He won't get a lot of those chances this season.
Why wont he get those chances this season? Did they add someone more reliable than he is at the end of games that has somehow eluded the media and all of our knowledge?
he wont get the chance because he won't have the ball in his hands,its called a dbl team
i think before the subject of closer comes up he has to become a winner. scoring alot and getting stats is all good but they have to translate to wins. if he can get the kings to win a good amount more games this year then last year then that would be great, if not then doubts will start to surface
great players and great closers beat double teams
Wouldn’t it be less likely that he is double teamed this year due to the Kings having more offensive threats? It is not like teams last year decided to stop defending him when the game was on the line even though he had been killing them the entire game, but now they will have to think twice before leaving Cousins, Landry or, depending on how they are doing, Casspi, Donte, Garcia, or Beno, who are all shooters.
he would still get doubled. none of those other guys are threats to beat you. some of them can score like laundry but none have proved they can take over a game
I agree with you, but I was just trying to say that if a players supporting cast improves it would make it less, even if it is just a little bit, likely that he will be doubled in a crucial situation.
of all those people you named who can make a play for themselves??? How many can make a play for someone else??? Thats my point,you can prevent a guy from doing so with the right dbl team. I will use okc for an example. KD can score,and score,and score some more,but without the threat of westbrook how many shots would he really get in the clutch. I respect most NBA players,but I also recognize what a players strenghts and weakness.
Tyreeke is not a PG. if he was the kings wouldn't have traded kevin martin.
However i love evans game as a 2 Guard. As his jumper improves he is the guy i have to take over from Kobe as the dominant 2 guard in the league.
either this or next year the kings will make the playoff level jump.