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Gavin Maloof: "We have our LeBron James"

Apr 1, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for evans_game.jpgYou know who Tyreke Evans is. You know how insanely good he is. You’re smart, obviously, since you read this blog (and probably good looking and rich, that’s just the demographic we roll with here). And at PBT we give Evans an undo amount of love. An almost uncomfortable amount.

Sacramento Kings owner Gavin Maloof has that love too — he knows what his franchise has got. The Kings have the piece you can build around, the hardest part of the rebuilding process to get. But while you and I and Gavin are on the same page, he told KHTK in Sacramento he still has some selling to do to the casual fan.

Often times people off the street will say why didn’t you get Kobe, or why didn’t you get LeBron? We already have a Kobe or a LeBron! We have Tyreke Evans! This guy’s that good! So we’re trying to get home the point how really, really great this kid is now and how great he’s going to be. What his brothers tell me is he’s going to work really, really hard on his jumpshot, he’s going to take some time off after this season probably and then it’s back to work.

Gavin, if I can call you that, we both love Tyreke and his game, so I say this coming from a place of love — don’t compare Evans to LeBron or Kobe. He’s very good, but Kobe has been killing it for more than a decade and has a handful of rings, while LeBron is the best player on the planet today. Love Tyreke, let’s not go overboard here.

But the point is what it’s going to take to get the casual fan back is not just Evans, but also a better team around Evans. A team that goes the playoffs, maybe makes it out of the first round. One that wins. And that takes time to build. Evans has to improve, the team around him has to improve.

But the casual fans in Sacramento and around the league will come around. He is that good. And hopefully the team will too (in Sacramento, nowhere else). 

  1. Steve Nash's Nose - Apr 1, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Sorry Maloof, but although Tyreke is a great talent he is not, nor will he be, a Kobe/LeBron type player.

  2. Steve Nash's Nose - Apr 1, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Sorry Maloof, but although Tyreke is a great talent he is not, nor will he be, a Kobe/LeBron type player.

  3. Anonymous - Apr 1, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Actually………………..Tyreke played better his rookie year than Kobe did in his respectable rookie year. Also, Kobe was on a team full of talent (Eddie Jones, Nick Van Exel, Shaq, Elden Campbell, etc. etc) whereas the Kings traded their only potential allstar to the Rockets this year. So, with all that said………..HE DOES have a chance to be as good (if not better) than Kobe or Lebron…..BUT (big BUT)……it will take some time and better players around him to make it happen. The Kings are a LONG way from their Chris Webber / Mike Bibby days lol

  4. Seth - Apr 1, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    He does put up similar numbers as James did as a rookie and he actually has higher fg% then James did as a rookie but since he is 2-3 inches shorter, he is more like a Lebron Lite.

  5. Joey - Apr 1, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Good artical. I remember having the same thought earlier in the season. Based on physical attributes, Tyreke is a Lebron clone at the PG position. 6ft6 and 220 or so. He is a crushing, punishing player at his position. The closest guard in the league is Deron Williams and thats saying alot. Tyreke posesses above average talent compared to the average NBA player and exceptional talent as a rookie. Tyreke seems to have the work ethic to push bounderies aswell. I wish him all the best and look forward to seeing him progress next season.
    Could you Imagine Tyreke, Lebron, Howard, Artest and Iguodala as a starting 5? A physically punishing team that wouldn’t even need the outside shooting to dominate. They would wear you out by the end of the first quarter.

  6. ACME - Apr 1, 2010 at 7:21 PM

    Could you Imagine Tyreke, Lebron, Howard, Artest and Iguodala as a starting 5? A physically punishing team that wouldn’t even need the outside shooting to dominate. They would wear you out by the end of the first quarter.
    Ummm, no. Just like when Grant says we should draft John Wall. You know that there’s only one basketball and with Reke, Bron and AI needing the ball to be effective, it won’t work.
    Nice try though.

  7. Nick - Apr 1, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Tyreke Evans is very good, and he’s putting up some big numbers, but i dont know if he has the same skills as Lebron or Kobe. Even though he’s a bruising guard, he still needs to rely on his shooting skills since he is a PG (unlike Lebron, who’s big enough to be a power forward, and would still be one of the best players in the league without his shooting touch). And, although admittedly i havent seen Evans play much, how good of a shooter is he really?
    Darren Williams is a top-notch shooter, so you cant really compare.
    I have always thought that with PG’s, the thing that puts them over the top is the shooting. There are so many fast guards with excellent handles and decent vision, but what really opens up the floor is the ability to knock down jumpers and force the D to man up on you.
    Chris Paul became elite when he started hitting 3-pointers as did darren williams. The only top-10 PG in the league who cant shoot well is rondo on Boston, but he’s a different breed.

  8. Glenn - Apr 2, 2010 at 3:40 PM

    I agree that Tyreke is not a Kobe or Lebron caliber player yet and to compare him to those guys at this point in his career is foolish. With that said, he is undoubtably a future allstar and is chasing history as a rookie by putting up incredible numbers (20 ppg, 5 rpg, 5 apg). The other intangible about a great player is his desire and follow through in the clutch. Tyreke has shown a willingness and ability to take and make shots with the game on the line. He has multiple game winners, including one this season agains’t Denver with time expiring. You don’t see that from rookies very often. Kings fans have a bright future.

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