I love this sight, but it is absolutely absurd how much this site underrates Tyreke Evans. He is only a freshman, however he still averages close to 17ppg 5 rebounds and close to 4 assists, while playing less than 30 minutes a game. He is the best player on a top five team. At 6'6" he has excellent size for the shooting guard position, while being dynamic enough to play the point guard position and creating matchup nightmares in the process. Demar Derozan is a great athlete and has a more conventional looking shot than Evans, but basketball is not about jumping or sheer athleticism, it's a game of skill and he is as skilled a prospect as any in this draft, from my estimation he is a lock to be a top 5 pick. There is no doubt that he'll be a star when he enters the league. Please show him some love, because he is a way better prospect than Budinger, Maynor or Aminu; it is time that we acknowledge his skill. Harold Miner was a great dunker, but that only gets you so far.
The problem with Tyreke is that he IS a 2-guard. But he isn't able to play without the ball in his hands. Can you name any shooting guard in the league that can't shoot, don't have a first step, but is on his way to being an elite player? Evans lack the explosion and speed to get passed his man, so he needs a jump shot to negate that fact. And he doesn't have one. He takes too long to release his shot, not a defensive player, and tends to be turnover prone. If he stays at point and develop his skills there I would say you have a good arguement. But unless he gets a jumper, I highly doubt he will be an elite player at shooting guard.
I like Tyreke. He has a silky smooth game. But I think him being 6'6 and long helps him against the 6 foot PGs guarding him. (Most Likely he'll play the 2) In the NBA majority of the shooting guards are 6'6 so that wouldn't be an advantage for him.
Also, look at his shooting %'s while he's scoring that 17 per. Him doing horrible earlier in the year hasn't helped either. He was at his natural position and stunk it up. I know that has to be on a lot of scouts minds, because its on mine.
Okay, he averages 13 field goal attempts per game on 45% field goal shooting. He does have a jump shot, however the only thing people talk about is his unorthodox mechanics, and the fact that he fades away; which can easily be adjusted. He is special, I really dont think you've watched him play enough, because his first step is truly off the charts and he gets to the rack at will. Earlier in the year he had a bunch of blown layups, but he has managed to make adjustments. I've watched every UCLA game that I could and Jrue Holiday is a complete non-factor, he doesnt't score, doesn't assist, doesn't rebound and practically doesn't exist in the game and he's never stood out to me at all. Is he a PG, if so he has decent size, however he never handles to ball enough for anyone to receive a definitive answer, if he is a shooting guard, he's a bit small and doesnt possess enough agility, speed or athleticism to compensate for his height. Holiday's 45% shooting percentage is also the same as Evans, however Evans manages to score almost 9 more points and he only plays 28 mpg, as opposed to the 27 that Holiday plays and he was a top 5 pick on this site for a while. Tyreke produces results, Derrick Rose is gone, CDR is gone, Dozier is gone, but Tyreke is keeping Memphis in the hunt. This site dogged Mayo all last year by saying he is too old for his class, not athletic enough, ballhog, turnover prone, undersized and lacked a first step, however he's succeeding in the nba. The results are here with Tyreke: he is going to be great and is a proven winner, I can't say the same for Derozan, Budinger, Monroe, Holiday or Evan " please pass the ball sometime" Turner. I love nbadraft.net, but after USC's first few games you dropped Mayo down to #15 or #18 in your mock draft and had him so low for so long, while having Deandre Jordan at #3 for awhile and Anthony Randolph up there. A similar scenario happened with Charlie Villanueva a few years back, you guys barely had him in the first round and that is after he tore up the Big East Tourney. Lets be objective and show him some love, he's great!
Reke is nice, but I don't know if he'll be a star because of the aforementioned reasons by tuck.But I do think he should be higher on the mock draft, a lot of the things that he doesn't do well he will learn his shot has improved some from the beginning of the year. I think he can play some point in the league kind of like Larry Hughes, but he will be a better player than Hughes.If he works on dribbling with his left hand, his shot, and going hard to the hole every time he's going to be a stud.No matter what I feel he will be a above average player.I agree that Derozan,Holiday and Budinger get a lot of praise that Reke deserves as well he should be rated higher than Derozan.Derozan just started playing well as of late Reke has held his own all year.
28% shooting from the college 3 and 3.6 TO/game don't bode well for his NBA prospects. He's a decent scorer, but that is about it.
He's been given every opportunity to play with the ball on that Memphis team, while guys like DeRozan, Aminu and Holliday are eased in a bit more. Tools-wise, I think he is clearly a step behind those 3 guys. At this point in his career, JR Smith seems like his ceiling, but a couple more years and he could improve upon his position perhaps.
Right now, it sure seems like he is a late first-rounder at best.
The Aaron Mckie and Lary Hughes comparison seems fair, lets keep in mind Larry Hughes was once an all star, so his potential is great. As far as Holiday goes; he is clearly given enough minutes to produce, however he has not. He does not have one physical tool over Evans. Holiday is a 30% three point shooter as opposed to Evans who is a 28% three point shooter, however teams aren't concerned with Holiday, they're concerned with Collison, so his percentage should be alot higher. Every team that plays Memphis strategizes on how to stop Evans, however he still succeeds. I can picture the Timberwolves drafting him and teaming him up with Foye, perhaps he could even run or the point, while they alternate positional assignments on defense. I can also picture Memphis drafting him and putting him alongside Oj Mayo, with Evans running the point. Come June he'll definitely be in the top 5, but no later than top 10.
Tyreke Evans will be a very efficient scorer in the league because this kid loves basketball. He works on his game all the time and pushes his self to the limit to get better. He's not one of those players who will get a big contract down the line and not play hard, he's going to always play hard and with a chip on his shoulder..I liken him to a mix between Larry Hughes and Aaron Mckie. Both Hughes and Mckie are 6'5 combo guards, that has a knack to score, by slashing, and so does Tyreke, and he shoots kind of like Mckie too
Scorers like Benard King, Jamal Mashburn, Adrian Dantley, Reggie Miller, and etc weren't the fastest or most athletic players, but they still found ways to score, so will Tyreke Evans.
Holliday clearly defers to Collison this year. I think without Collison around next year, he will have a much better chance to play his game and showcase his ability as the lead guard. I don't think either one should come out, but I think Holliday definitely has the higher ceiling.
If you want a Larry Hughes/Jamal Crawford/JR Smith type of player, that is about the best you should hope for out of Tyreke Evans.
I would take that player if I had a team. Hughes/Crawford/Smith sounds good to me.
He wont be like Larry Hughes in his prime because he plays nothing like Hughes. The Aaron McKie compariosn was right on point,one of the most identical comparisons of any other two players any1 has come up with on this site in my opinion.
Evans is pretty nice and I don't know why this site has him so low, but I hope he does go low so that my Timberwolves can grab him at 18.
A lot of the better two guards in the NBA are play makers and Evans has shown that he has the ability to do that plus he can score.
rotten first step and no jumpshot wat so ever. He will not be a star in the nba a decent player at his best.
This kid knows how to play, he can't shoot yet he finds ways to get to the rim, he's jumpshot away from being really good. He shows no emotion he just plays the game, and whatever he does it's either good or bad, and the majority of the time he's good. Theirs a reason memphis won 27 games in row, he draws so many defenders with his drives it opens up everybodies game. I'll be honest memphis lost that game tonite because their defense fell asleep and Missouri took it too them, they didn't give Memphis anytime to rest, it was 40 minutes of in your face basketball and it worked but Tyreke Evans performance might have secured his spot in lottery.
Tyreke Evans has all of the tools to succeed in the NBA. Yes, it's true he doesn't have super explosive first step, but at his size (listed at 6'6, probably closer to 6'5), with his length, strength and ball handling ability, no need to be a freak athlete when you can skill your way to the basket. The comparison to Jamal Crawford is understandable, but what we forget is that Jamal Crawford has all of the physical tools to be an incredible player, it is the mental aspect of his game that never developed correctly, but I feel that Evans has the desire to be the best basketball player he can be.
ended up being a pretty good rookie... hope he continues it instead of ending up like larry hughes who was nice when he first came into the leauge
he's two years away from being one of the elite players in the nba. as a rookie he average 20 5 5, which only three players have ever done. those players happen to be Michael Jordan, Lebron James, and Oscar Robinson