Old Team: Sacramento Kings
New Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Best Case Scenario: It’s somewhat difficult to find a “best case scenario” when talking about Tyreke Evans’ contributions to a very young New Orleans Pelicans team. However, you could argue that they have enough talent to run with anybody in the NBA on any given day. With that said, let’s get to Evans.
He’s coming over from Sacramento to play at the small forward position. Early in his career, he played more as a combo guard, but with Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers already into the fold there was just no room for him as a guard. He’ really playing the three because the Pelicans want the best players on the court. Interestingly enough, Evans’ best season, statistically, came during his rookie season.
If Evans can somehow get back to that high level, offensively, I believe that will be his best case scenario. He’s no longer a point guard. The Pelicans need him to score — 20 points, five rebounds and five assists should be his measuring stick next season.
Worst Case Scenario: The worst case scenario would mean an Evans-Holiday-Gordon lineup doesn’t work. No one’s questioning the Pelicans talent at this point. Throw in Anthony Davis and we could be looking at the next dynasty in the making (okay, that’s a little overboard but you get what I’m trying to say).
However, if the Evans-Holiday-Gordon lineup isn’t effective, then that’s all out the window. Statistics aside, probably the main thing is that Evans fits. It may take some time early — Evans and Holiday come over this summer — but eventually they need to show promise. That doesn’t necessarily mean playoffs, but they need to show improvement from last season’s 27 wins.
Ultimately, the “worst case scenario” is that Evans just doesn’t fit. His game, his skill set or his attitude.
What Will Really Happen: I honestly believe that Evans will finish the season pretty close to his best case scenario — 20 points, five assists and five rebounds per game. I absolutely love his game and believe he will fit right in with the Pelicans’ young core. Evans is set up to have one of his best seasons of his career, if not the best, and a fresh new start could just be the difference.
New start, new season, new attitude. That’s the way Evans needs to approach his first year with the Pelicans. His talent will take care of the rest.