My Pre-Season Sacramento Kings Prediction
Before the season started, I made 3 predictions in reference to the Sacramento Kings and many of you said I was dead wrong. In fact some of you said I didn't know what I was talking about. Let me refresh your memory, I predicted
1. Sacramento would no longer be the league doormat and would be significantly improved.
2. I said Tyreke Evans was a potential star as a SG, not at PG.
3. I said B. Udrih was much better than many people on this forum claimed, they usually described him as one of the worst point guards in the league.
I'm happy to say that Sacramento is doing even better than I thought, they are actually one of the most exciting young teams in the league.
Tyeke Evans is living up to the hype. After last spring's draft I said Oklahoma made a mistake by taking Harden over Evans. I think Harden will be a good NBA SG, but Evans has the potential to become a super star.
Beno Udrih had a terrible season last year for two reasons. He was the PG on the worst team in the NBA and he was injured on and off all year. This season he's been healthy, he's obviously playing on a much better team, and proved that he truly is worthy of being a starting PG in the league. Last night's game against the Lakers was a perfect example as he scored 23 points, dished out 6 assists, and had 2 steals.
Evans is obviously a much better player then Harden, ecspecially right now....but i dont think OKC made a bad pick....DO you really see Evans fitting in with Scoring PG Westbrook and Scoring Durant....whereas Harden fills a role and is a little more unselfish then him deferring to those two scorers
td8118, you made a good point about how Evans would fit in with Durant and Westbrook, which could pose problems. However, one also has to look at an NBA career that will probably last 10-12 years. If you take the long term view, then how Evans fits in this one season may not be so important because team personalities and personnel change quickly in the NBA.
My next point is a personal opinion that people have argued about for years. When drafting, do you select someone based upon your team needs for the upcoming season or do you select the best player available? My opinion is go for the best player. And in this case, I think Tyreke Evans will blossom into a super star, thereby making him a better choice over the long haul.
oklahoma needed a shooting guard that could shot, they needed to make up for westbrooks lack of shooting so harden was the right pick, but yes tyreke better. has any looked at harden's stats though? he is looking good and never turns the ball over.
the I in win, can't argue with your short term view and I agree that Harden is a nice player. But teams change quickly in the NBA so you don't know who will be in Oklahoma next year or only 2 years from now. If you take the long term view, and if you believe as I do, that T. Evans will become a super star, then he would be the better choice over the long term. Keep in mind that teams have very few opportunities to draft potential super stars.
I dont want to make a whole new thread about this so ill just post it here.......according to the Sacramento Bee Kevin Martin will not be traded even though many teams have contacted Sacramento about his availability....
Oh and your wrong about one thing. Tyreke Evans can and will be a star at PG still. He does play point sometimes and does just as good as when he plays SG now. It was just a matter of him getting used to the NBA game and how things worked.... The Kings best line-up will have Evans at PG and Martin at SG once martin returns...
SpencerIsHawesome2, I haven't watched Tyreke Evans play enough times to assess whether I think he'll make it as a PG. However, in the few games I watched, he impressed me as a guy who needs the ball and doesn't look to pass first. In other words, he's a shoot first guard while I prefer point guards who's first priority is setting up their teammates.
That doesn't mean Evans can't make it as a PG, he just won't be my kind of PG. But once again, I haven't seen enough of him to make a final assessment, but I've seen more than enough to know he can become an elite player at the SG position.
Did you agree with my other comments above about Sacramento and Tyreke Evans being a better draft selection than Harden?