Why did Tyreke Evans rookie stats look like LeBron's then he vanished
He had identical rookie stats.
20 , 5 and 5
Then he disappeared. I thought he would be better because the last two rookies to average 20 5 and 5 or better are LeBron and MJ
In 2009-2010 he had role of primary ball-handler/shot creator for the Kings that ENTIRE year he literally had only K-Mart as a guy who could take the ball and do something which in turn led to him posting great numbers for the team that year.
In 2010-2011 the Kings added some pretty decent talent in DMC, Dalembert and Thorton. Those two big men are pretty good rebounders so that can be attributed to his RPG decrease, his assists were the same as his rookie year, then he was hit with plantaar cutting down his scoring averages. He was still killing it in his second year had a few inconsistencies but the injury really hurt him.
In 2011-2012 they drafted Jimmer to try and move Reke to the SG position and have them play off one another. That didn't work out as Jimmer had a pretty rough year, and then Isaiah emerged and was pretty special for them last year being mostly what Jimmer couldn't, really building chemistry as a PG with his big men and running plays like Smart wanted. Then they tried him as a SF which wasn't smart at all (hah), that's just not what he is, he is a bulldozer as a mismatch at either guard position and should be played as such. He had more inconsistency this recent year but still put up damn good numbers, but he can be much better.
With them adding yet another guard that needs the ball in Brooks, I'm really not sure what the direction is with Reke. I expect a lot of quiet rumors towards the deadline about Tyreke, a lot of teams can use him, but if he does stay I expect him to try force himself away from Sac in FA, it just looks like they are going a different direction now.
What I think it boils down to was bad coaching. He was given the freedom to do whatever he wanted to do his rookie year on a bad team with few ball-handlers, even if it meant continuing bad habits that wouldn't help him for the future. He was allowed to dominate the ball like crazy and rack up stats on a very bad team with little offensive structure.
The Kings subsequently acquired more guys who could handle the ball some (Thornton, I.Thomas, even letting Udrih handle the ball more Tyreke's 2nd year) as well as a guy like Cousins who needed his touches, which gradually took the ball out of Tyreke's hands more and more. Tyreke's only good when he's able to dominate the ball, but his team didn't show improvement at all with him on it. He also hasn't shown much improvement in his overall game to be as effective in a slightly different role.
I agree with the above. Two other things though, Evans doesn't get to the line nearly as much as he did his rookie year. Also his shooting percentage is down a bit. But mainly you are just seeing a guy who went from 37 minutes per game to 34. Batter talent around him and he hasn't been good enough to keep those guys off the floor. On a per minute basis his rebounding is about the same (5.1 to 4.8 on per 36). His assists are still good if you consider him a SG, just down about 1 from his rookie year.
It is really the free throws that is hurting his scoring. He was very good at drawing fouls his first year (not Kobe or Lebron level, but really good). Now he is just good. So he is shooting 2 less foul shots a game. That, and the 3 less minutes, is basically why he isn't a 20 point scorer anymore. You would expect that he would get more respect from the refs after his rookie year and he would be making more trips to the free throw line. It is very hard in the NBA to score 20 points per game if you aren't getting a healthy dose of FTs.
I don't know why he didn't develop though. Usually people improve a lot on their rookie year. But so much of his skill is athleticism to overpower defenders and get to the line. Maybe he lost a half step form his injury and he isn't fully recoverd.
One other thing about the Lebron comparison. Lebron was 19 during his rookie year, I think. Check out Lebron's second season. That is when he became able to dominate NBA games. Tyreke had had a year of college ball and was 20 his rookie year so the transition wasn't as hard as Lebron's.
Coach has no idea what to do with him. I would actually love to see Reke and DMC get a chance to play under Phil Jackson or even Brian Shaw so that they could actually use their abilities as strengths instead of weaknesses. Reke had to play a lot of SF last year which is not a natural position for him physically and that took a toll on him. I expect a good year from him as soon as he gets a chance to get back to playing with the ball in his hands creating for others.
That jumper of his has hurt him a lot as well as players are now simply backing off of him making getting to the line much more difficult and scoring even less easy. He can no longer put his body on the defender and get to the rim at will.
Evans can't shoot and his work ethic/focus towards the game is poor.
Hes no longer the Main option/focal point. That appears to be Cousins. I said it before this team is really poorly made up , mis-matched pieces and the coach is kinda clueless (imo)
averaging 2/3 less points with better talent and a whole bunch of gunners on your squad isnt bad - that jumper tho -needs surgery