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Tyreke Evans says he’s never talked with Monty Williams about role on Pelicans

Feb 10, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

Tyreke Evans, Dion Waiters

Tyreke Evans received a DNP-CD in the Pelicans’ loss to the Nets on Sunday, and New Orleans coach Monty Williams called it “internal” issue.

Evans doesn’t quite see it that way, turning it into an external issue in a hurry.

Evans, via Shlomo Sprung of Sheridan Hoops:

“He’s trying to figure me out still,” Evans said of his head coach. “Most of the guys that came here are pretty much new [to the team] so he’s trying to fit everybody in and put me in the best position he can.”

But when asked whether he and Williams ever discussed his best role on the team openly, Evans said it’s never been brought up.

“No, we never talked about that,” Evans told Sheridan Hoops. “I haven’t talked to him about it. We talk here and there but I haven’t talked to him about what role is whose on the team.”

Evans has a responsibility here, too.

When Carlos Boozer and Amar’e Stoudemire went public with their desires for bigger roles, they’d already spoken to their head coaches about it. That’s an essential step in resolving these types of issues.

Could Williams do a better job of communicating with Evans? Probably.

But I don’t see how Evans is helping the situation, even though I understand where he’s coming from. I’d probably be just as headstrong in the same situation. This far into the season, a player shouldn’t feel his coach has never explained his role.

If Williams hasn’t, that’s a mistake. If Williams has, the coach must still address why Evans believes the opposite. The burden does, and should, fall on Williams.

Yet, Williams coached Sunday, and Evans didn’t play. Evans, who’s having the worst shooting season of his career, isn’t positioned to change his fortunes this way.

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When the Pelicans signed Evans, it should have been made clear there would be growing pains. Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon and Evans have plenty of overlapping skills, and all three of him them will have to take a backseat to the other two at different times.

With the right combination, the Pelicans could be pretty good. But they’re just 22-28 and even if frontcourt injuries are the major factor holding them back, they need more time to find the right roles for their guards.

That process would get much easier if Evans and Williams just talk about it.

  1. pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 10, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Tyreke’s wayyy too good to be benched especially with no Holiday/Anderson.

    They must really want to tank.

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 10, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Tyreke can’t find the basket. He’s only shooting .401% from the field this season. For his career, he’s only a .444% shooter.

      3 pt shooting? Abysmal. .152% from 3 pt land this season and his career 3 pt percentage is a lowly .266% He’s average from the free throw line at .771% for his position, wing player.

      He’s a decent player, scores because he shoots a lot to get the points he does.

      But I wouldn’t call him “way too good”.

      He’s a bit above average is all. Career PER of 16.9 with a 15 being league average.

      • pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        Look at his rookie season stats to look at his potential. He’s not put in the right spots to be effective this year.

        They paid him $44 million to be a franchise changer, not ride the bench. They HAVE TO play him. He’s a bona fide talent.

      • bullseyelawns - Feb 10, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        ‘Reke has the unique problem of being “too gifted” at his position. Great ball handler, rebounder, and passer. Also, a very capable defender. He can be a 20/5/5 guy and that is solid for any team on any night. However, a 22/3/8 guy or a 22/8/3 guy would be more effective. I guess I am saying he tries too hard to show off the total package every night; instead of focusing on two out of three and eliminating the other teams ability to: A- dominate the boards B- apply pressure to the primary PG C- double their primary scorer’Reke’s problem is being able to do it all and not having a coach to bring it together in him.

  2. calkinsrob - Feb 10, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Has there ever been a player that had their best season as a rookie? I dont understand why this guy has consistently gotten worse every year since hes been in the league.

  3. bhunter1995 - Feb 10, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    The reason Tyreke’s best season is his rookie season is that he was put in a position to succeed in his rookie year and in every other year he has been used as an off ball scorer. Its the same deal with Evan Turner, Tyreke is an on ball player and playmaker, he is best suited to running point while at either the one or two spot. He needs the ball in his hands to be effective he is best as a slashing playmaker who drives and kicks or scores in the paint. He needs to be on the right team and right now he is on a team where he isnt in a position to succeed. The Pelicans should trade him, he won’t get quality minutes in New Orleans and even though he is having a bad season they can get good value in the trade market for him.

  4. fearthehoody - Feb 10, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Tyreke aka Charmin Evans, everybody

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