The Sacramento Kings have numerous decisions to contemplate before the beginning of the 2011-2012 post-lockout season.
One of the key questions concerns the depth chart and the role of third-year star Tyreke Evans as either the point or shooting guard in the starting lineup.
For numerous reasons, I believe Tyreke is best suited as the ball-handling point guard for the Sacramento Kings in the future.
Tyreke has a physique for viewing the entirety of the court and finding his teammates. Not many players at guard boast 6'6" height, enabling superior court vision and considerable agility alongside it. Evans could become a dominating floor general, with perhaps a subtle physical resemblance to Ervin Johnson.
Evans experienced reduced effectiveness in the 2010-2011 season, partially resulting from suffering injuries. Scouts also figured out his tendencies and began to force him to play to his weaknesses. His scoring, rebounding and assists were down from his rookie season in the NBA.
By becoming the point guard, Evans can re-define his playing style and keep teams guessing.
The acquisition of Jimmer Fredette and John Salmons give Evans options for quick passes upon crossing the half-court line this year. The stagnant offense that plagued the Kings last year would be improved by a threatening ball handler who can see the floor and spread the offense.
Evans is undoubtedly the future of the Sacramento Kings franchise. He is well reputed by his team mates to have developed into a more mature player through two years of NBA games.
Building around Evans as he enters his third season will give him the power to grow with a new core and rebuild a competitive atmosphere in Sacramento. Look for Evans to take more time at the point in practice post-lockout and establish himself in a new role for the 2011-2012 campaign.
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