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Pelicans’ Williams plans to bring Tyreke Evans off the bench

Sep 30, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

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It’s a stunning development — we have actual on-the-court basketball news out of NBA media day. It may be a first in a day usually reserved for positive stories and fluff.

Pelicans coach Monty Williams said he plans to bring Tyreke Evans in off the bench as a sixth man, at least initially. That according to John Reid of the Times-Picayune.

Evans has said multiple times this summer he is good with this idea.

The Pelicans are going to have an interesting rotation. They will start Jrue Holiday and Eric Gordon in the backcourt then Evans can come in and replace either one of them. Evans off the bench likely means Al-Farouq Aminu or Anthony Morrow start at the three (Evans can come in and play there, also). Up front the Pelicans could start Anthony Davis at the four and Jason Smith or Greg Stiemsma at center; or they can start Ryan Anderson as a stretch four and have Davis at center.

Monty Williams has a lot of options and a lot of things to figure out during training camp and the first part of the season. Expect the rotations to shift and change.

But to start, Tyreke Evans is going to be the Pelicans’ spark plug off the bench — last season he averaged 15.2 points a game in Sacramento. If he can do that off the bench in New Orleans, the Pelicans will have a shot at the playoffs.

  1. bhunter1995 - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Why not play Jrue at the one, Gordan at the two and Evans at the three? At least give Evans starter minutes if he is coming off of the bench, he is one of their most talented pieces, he scores well, is a good defender, a good passer, and a great rebounder for a guard. He shouldn’t be playing 25 minutes a night, he should get a good 33 or 34 minutes per game.

    • cmehustle - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:04 AM

      You need bench scoring in the NBA. Whos going to defend anyone with Jrue, Gordon and Evans in the starting lineup? Plus there is only one basketball to go around. We’re not talking 2k here, this is the NBA.

  2. kujo37daggs - Sep 30, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Tyreke as 6th man is only until we find a trade partner fof the size liability that is eric gordon.

  3. jerdogthompson - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Pelicans are gonna surprise some teams this year. Gonna be fun to watch.

  4. phil954 - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Staying hopeful with this roster. We could make some noise this year. Would love for Gordon to be traded unless he’s finally “happy” and willing to commit.

  5. 00maltliquor - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Weak. We all want to see Holiday, Gordon, Evans, Anderson and Davis to start the game!

    I know, I get it, but for some reason I hate when coaches leave talent on the bench for scoring umph. Like what Pop’ does with Manu, OKC did with Harden, DEN/NYK does with JR Smith, ATL/POR/LAC with Crawford and so on. I do get it and understand why coaches do it but it gets under my skin for some stupid reason! lol!

    • vi3tguy415 - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:33 PM


    • cmehustle - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:07 AM

      The reason they do that, is because you only play on offense half of the time. If you played offense say 75% of the time that lineup would make sense. I get it that most fans only care about one side of the ball, but all the teams that actually win do put time in on the defensive side.

      • 00maltliquor - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        Huh? I’m pretty sure I said I understand why coaches do that. In the Pelican’s case though you really think Anthony Morrow is gonna D up better then ‘Reke? No.

  6. tcclark - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    I don’t care who plays as long as they get the 6th pick in the draft. I want to get the most out of that Jrue Holiday deal

  7. therainmaker90 - Oct 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    As a Pelicans fan, I am about done with Gordon. If he misses more than 20 games this year, cut bait with the dude. Evans can still get 30 + minutes off the bench like Harden did in OKC. Aminu needs to improve his offense, whether that is cutting more to the basket or playing closer to the rim and scoring in the paint. Davis should start at the 5 and with Anderson at the 4. Steim first big off the bench.

  8. borderline1988 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Since Evans can play PG or shooting guard, this makes a lot of sense. He can still easily get 25 minutes per game, and if he plays well, the minutes will certainly be increased. Besides, Eric Gordon is a huge injury liability, so Evans can always fill the starting role if needed.

    You don’t want Gordon, Evans, and Holiday on the court at the same time anyways. That would make three guards who all want the ball in their hands and are all 6″4 or smaller. Much better to have a bigger, developing swing player like Aminu who can finish plays, or have Anthony Morrow who can shoot the lights out.

    This is one of those teams that if everything works out, they could be really good. But we’ve been thinking like that about Minnesota for 2 years, and they still haven’t made the playoffs.

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