Tyreke Jamir Evans (born September 19, 1989) is an American professional basketball player. After playing college basketball for the Memphis Tigers, he was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings. Evans went on to win the 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in 2013 before being traded back to the Kings in 2017. After susessive stints with the Memphis Grizzlies and Indiana Pacers, Evans, who would have become a free agent at the end of the 2019 season, was dismissed and disqualified from the NBA in May for violating the terms of the league's anti-drug program.
Evans with the Pelicans in October 2013
|Born||September 19, 1989|
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||American Christian Academy|
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall|
|Selected by the Sacramento Kings|
|Position||Guard / Small forward|
|2013–2017||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
Evans grew up in Chester, Pennsylvania, where he was largely raised by his three older brothers. He attended American Christian Academy in Aston, Pennsylvania. There, he quickily proved a standout talent and, by his sophomore year, began drawing comparisons to none other than NBA Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady. As a senior, he boasted averages of 32.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 4.3 steals per contest. Evans was named the MVP of the McDonald's High School All-American Game and co-MVP (together with Brandon Jennings) of the Jordan Brand Classic. He was also named first-team Parade All-American. At the age of sixteen, Evans was featured in the documentary Gunning for That #1 Spot directed by Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys. He was chosen to be the keeper of the Slam High School Diary for the 2008 season.
Evans transitioned from playing small forward in high school to guard in college. He struggled at times at the beginning of his freshman season at the shooting guard position. This continued until coach John Calipari inserted him as the starting point guard in the 11th game of the season, a 60–45 win over the University of Cincinnati. In 33 minutes, Evans nearly put up a triple-double, with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists. The Tigers would not lose another game until falling to the Missouri Tigers in the NCAA Tournament.
Sacramento Kings (2009–2013)Edit
On March 31, 2009, Evans declared himself eligible for the 2009 NBA draft, deciding to forgo his remaining three seasons of collegiate eligibility. On June 25, 2009, he was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the fourth overall pick.
On December 1, 2009, Evans was named NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played from the beginning of the season through November. During that time, he averaged 18.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 1.3 steals in 36.1 minutes per game. On December 21, 2009, he was instrumental in leading the Kings back from a 35-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls, 102–98. Evans scored 9 of the Kings' last 11 points, single-handedly outscoring the Bulls in the 4th quarter (11 points for Evans vs. 10 for the Bulls).
On January 4, 2010, Evans was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for the second straight month. On February 12, Evans won the 2010 Rookie/Sophomore Game MVP award after recording 26 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals on 11/15 shooting. In an act of sportsmanship, he chose to share the award with DeJuan Blair, who had scored 22 points and pulled down 23 rebounds. On March 11, 2010, Evans recorded his first career triple-double in a win against the Toronto Raptors, recording 19 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. Evans became just the fourth player in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in his rookie year, joining Oscar Robertson (1960–61), Michael Jordan (1984–85) and LeBron James (2003–04). On April 27, 2010, Evans was recognized for his accomplishments by being awarded the 2009–10 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
On December 29, 2010, in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies, winning by one point with only seconds remaining, O. J. Mayo hit an off-balance shot to put Memphis up by one. With no timeouts remaining, DeMarcus Cousins inbounded the ball to Evans, who then dribbled to the half court and nailed a three-pointer with time expiring, giving Sacramento a two-point win. On January 21, 2011, Evans scored a then career-high 35 points, along with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. He later missed 19 games due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot and subsequently did not play in the 2011 NBA Rookie Challenge.
On November 24, 2011, Evans signed with Virtus Roma of Italy for the 2011–12 season; the contract included an NBA out-clause. In December 2011, he returned to Kings following the conclusion of the NBA lockout before playing in a game for Virtus. On January 28, 2012, he scored a season-high 31 points in a 96–93 loss to the Utah Jazz.
New Orleans Pelicans (2013–2017)Edit
On July 10, 2013, Evans was acquired by the New Orleans Pelicans in a sign-and-trade deal involving three teams. The deal sent Robin Lopez to the Portland Trail Blazers and Greivis Vásquez to the Kings.
On December 30, 2013, Evans hit a game-winning shot with 1.2 seconds left in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers. On April 14, 2014, he scored a career-high 41 points in a 101–89 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
On April 3, 2015, Evans recorded a near triple-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists in a 101–95 win over his former team the Sacramento Kings.
On December 1, 2015, Evans played his first game of the 2015–16 season after missing the Pelicans' first 17 games while recovering from right knee surgery. In 31 minutes as a starter, he recorded 20 points and 10 assists in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. On December 11, 2015, he scored 27 points and hit a career-high five three-pointers in a 105–103 win over the Washington Wizards. On February 11, 2016, he underwent another round of surgery on his right knee and was ruled out for the rest of the season.
On December 15, 2016, Evans played his first game for the Pelicans since January 25, 2016. He played 11 minutes in his return and had seven points, three rebounds and two assists in a 102–95 win over the Indiana Pacers. On January 12, 2017, he scored a season-high 29 points in a 104–95 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
Return to Sacramento (2017)Edit
On February 20, 2017, Evans was traded alongside Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and 2017 first round and second round draft picks to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi. Three days later, in his first game for the Kings since 2013, Evans scored 15 points off the bench in a 116–100 win over the Denver Nuggets. On March 8, 2017, he scored a season-high 26 points in a 114–104 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Memphis Grizzlies (2017–2018)Edit
On July 10, 2017, Evans signed with the Memphis Grizzlies. On November 1, 2017, he led the Grizzlies with 32 points in a 101–99 loss to the Orlando Magic. It was his first 30-point performance since December 2014. Evans became the team's starting point guard mid-season, filling in for the injured Mike Conley. On December 27, 2017, he recorded 32 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in a 109–99 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Evans missed time in late January and early February after being put on the trade bloc leading up to the trade deadline. In his first game back for the Grizzlies on February 11, Evans recorded 12 points and five rebounds in a 110–92 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. On February 23, he recorded 15 points and 10 assists in a 112–89 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Evans was 3 for 7 from outside the arc, marking his 28th straight game with at least one 3-pointer, breaking the franchise record of 27 previously held by Mike Miller. On March 15 against the Chicago Bulls, Evans returned to the line-up after a 10-game absence with a rib injury.
Indiana Pacers (2018–2019)Edit
On July 6, 2018, Evans signed with the Indiana Pacers. In his debut for the Pacers in their season opener on October 17, Evans recorded 14 points and six assists in a 111–83 win over his former team, the Memphis Grizzlies. On November 16, he hit five 3-pointers and scored a season-high 23 points off the bench in a 99–91 win over the Miami Heat. In game four of the Pacers' first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics, Evans scored a playoff career-high 21 points in a 110–106 series-ending loss.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
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