I'm going to return here to a theme I touched on a month ago, but that remains eternally vexing. Tyreke Evans shot 10-17 two nights ago. Last night he shot 8-12. These are not uncommon occurrences. Yet he again was forgotten about and back burnered for extended stretchs of each game while lesser talents displayed their own, unique, interpretations of how to dominate the ball.(*Should note btw that in recent weeks there has been some positive movement on this by Smart. Emphasis on some. He still seems confused and erratic on the topic).
Here are some numbers on our Guard. You will notice I used the singlar there. And capitalized it. Neither is by accident:
Tyreke Evans, since returning from injury (20 games):
January: 29.9min 14.7pts (.500 .533 .754) 5.2reb 2.8ast 1.5stl 0.5blk
Febrary: 33.6min 16.7pts (.517 .100 .686) 3.9reb 3.6ast 1.3stl 0.1blk
Tyreke Evans, season FG%: .480
Tyreke Evans season FG% compared to all other NBA guards:
-- our guard who is 6th amongst guards in FG%, is 72nd in the league in FGA, virtually tied with Anderosn Varejao and JJ Reddick.
Tyreke Evans selected stats compared to all players routinely taking minutes and shots from Tyreke Evans:
*USG rate is a stat that takes FGA, FTA and TO per minute, then adjusts for pace to try to estimate the percentage of possessions a player uses while on the floor.
Player Min Pts FG% FGA/36 USG* Tyreke Evans 31.1 15.3 .480 13.6 22.9 Isaiah Thomas 24.8 12.1 .432 13.8!! 22.7!! Marcus Thornton 23.8 11.5 .400 15.7!! 22.7!! John Salmons 29.1 8.9 .411 9.9 15.0 Aaron Brooks 21.1 8.1 .465 11.3 18.1 Jimmer Fredette 14.2 7.3 .412 15.0!! 24.0!! James Johnson 17.1 5.4 .416 11.5 19.0 Francisco Garcia 17.9 5.3 .383 10.4 14.6 Travis Outlaw 11.8 4.7 .380 14.3!! 21.1!!
I would also again like to point out the much reviled Aaron Brooks there as the only other guard on the roster without either a lousy FG%, a stupidly high usage rate, or both.