I had the privilege – and it definitely was a privilege – of watching Tyreke Evans work out in Minnesota along with our boy Jonny Flynn, Brandon Jennings, Ty Lawson, Jrue Holiday and Jeff Teague. I was a fan of ‘Reke’s at Memphis, particularly after President Obama endorsed his game when making NCAA tourney predictions. But it wasn’t until I watched him have his way going to the basket during that workout that I realized just how unique his talent is.
As Austin Burton told the world in Tyreke’s first national cover story (Dime #24), Evans’ older brothers tied his right hand behind his back when he was four years old so that he’d work on his left. It shows now. His handle is as good as anyone’s, and so he’s able to get to the basket with seeming ease against smaller PG’s.
Accordingly, the biggest knock on his game is that his jumper is really weak. We asked him about that criticism at the massive media event earlier this afternoon.
“I think my shooting is going to be a strength of mine in the League. In high school, that’s how I did all my scoring, shooting jumpers. At Memphis, in that dribble-drive offense, I was just thinking ‘Drive’ all the time. I’m not going to try to change my game – I think I’ll be able to drive in the League. But that doesn’t mean I can’t shoot it.”
With the big T-Wolves trade, everyone was talking about how that completely altered the way that the Draft would go. Though Stephen Curry never worked out for Minny, it might make a lot of sense for them to go after Evans and Curry at Nos. 5 and 6. Those two can both play combo guard, and Evans’ size should held quell any concerns about having a small-ish guy like Curry in the backcourt.