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Playing the two or three, starter or sixth man, Tyreke Evans is good with it

Sep 12, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

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Sometimes a change of scenery is all a player needs.

Tyreke Evans could be that guy. Following his Rookie of the Year campaign his improvement stalled out in Sacramento, then the team went through a series of changes and Evans never seemed to have a set role. Everything was in flux, and while Evans’ shooting percentages went up last season it wasn’t because of the stability with the Sacramento Kings. It was in spite of it.

So what is his role going to be in New Orleans, where he signed a four-year $44 million deal? That remains to be seen as well — he could be a starter at the three, he could be the sixth man coming in to provide scoring punch off the bench at the two guard.

Whatever it is, Evans told Sheridan Hoops he is good with it.

“If that’s what Coach [Monty Williams] is comfortable with doing, I’ll add firepower to the second unit and help build leads.”

The more likely scenario is he starts at the three, with Jrue Holiday at the one and Eric Gordon at the two. Which leads to the question of how Evan fits at the three, particularly on the defensive end.

“I know small forward well enough to understand it,” he said. “A lot of it is just about being at the right spot. It’s a lot different from having the ball all the time. I’d definitely be comfortable with it if it came down to it….

“I can definitely defend at the 3, from Carmelo to LeBron and Durant,” Evans said. “It won’t be easy, but I could do the job.”

Williams has a lot of versatility in his made-over roster and it’s likely going to take some time into the regular season for him to settle on a rotation that works for him and the team. That versatility can be great for creating favorable matchups, but it takes time with the same players together on the roster. The Pelicans are young, they have that time, but it could make the start of this season a little shaky.

At least Evans and some of the other players have the right attitude about it.

  1. sknicks21 - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Tyreke easily will fit best starting at the 3, alongside Holiday and Gordon. He should try to take on a similar play style to Iguodala. They are almost identically sized and since Tyreke will have to take on and defend bigger, stronger players at the 3 he needs to play similar to Iggy.

  2. orlandochamps - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    this cat reminds me of manu

  3. money2long - Sep 12, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    so many interesting teams. even the ones who may not make the playoffs like the pelicans. im even curious to see some rebuilding project teams like the suns and magic. for random fun, i will name in no particular order, the teams i predict will make the cut for the postseason in each conference.

    east coast: pistons cavs bulls knicks heat pacers wizards nets
    west coast: warriors clippers spurs thunder rockets nuggets grizzlies AND wait for it…..lakers.

    • adzs - Sep 12, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      I was with you the whole way; then you said Lakers

      • money2long - Sep 12, 2013 at 7:48 PM


  4. cruzan80 - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    One of the dumbest signings of the off-season…..

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