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#1 Tyreke Evans
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  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • Signed as a free agent in July 2017
  • SG/SF
  • 6'6" / 220lbs
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  • 09/19/1989
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  • 4th pick, 2009
  • Memphis
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2009 NBA DraftNBADrafted 4th overall by Sacramento.
8th July, 2009NBASigned four year, $16,894,465 rookie scale contract with Sacramento. Included team options for 2011/12 and 2012/13.
26th October, 2010NBASacramento exercised 2011/12 team option.
22nd June, 2011NBASacramento exercised 2012/13 team option.
10th July, 2013NBAAs a part of a three team deal, signed and traded by Sacramento with a four year, $44,000,004 contract to New Orleans in exchange for Greivis Vasquez and the right to swap 2016 second round picks (exercised; Sacramento moved from #40 and Diamond Stone to #36 and Malcolm Brogdon) from New Orleans, and a 2016 second round pick (#37, Chinanu Onuaku) and the right to swap 2018 second round picks from Portland.
20th February, 2017NBATraded by New Orleans, along with Langston Galloway, Buddy Hield, a protected 2017 first round pick (#10, Zach Collins) and a 2017 second round pick (#34, Frank Mason), to Sacramento in exchange for Omri Casspi and DeMarcus Cousins.
9th July, 2017NBASigned a one year, $3.29 million contract with Memphis.
Career Moves
Time PeriodTeam
2008 - 2009Memphis (NCAA)
July 2009 - June 2013Sacramento Kings (NBA)
July 2013 - February 2017New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)
February 2017 - June 2017Sacramento Kings (NBA)
July 2017 - presentMemphis Grizzlies (NBA)

December 6, 2017

As above, Evans is now the main half-court creator for the Grizzlies, and gets better month on month. Having averaged an extremely healthy 20.5 points and 4.3 assists in 13 November games, Evans has averages of 16.7 points and 8.3 assists per game thus far in December. From a fantasy perspective, we should be particularly interested in the assists (which count for 1.5 fantasy points each), as well as the block and the steal per game he is also getting (worth 3 fantasy points each). Tyreke is being asked to do a lot of everything, and he is responding.

Evans taking up this role has allowed McLemore to start alongside him. Starting the last four games when once he was out of the rotation, McLemore has averaged 16.2 fantasy points over his last six games, all by playing the role of opportunity scorer alongside Tyreke’s ball dominance. As with Harrison above, it is not a huge output, but as with Harrison above, it comes from a decent and consistent number of minutes which, barring excess foul trouble, will not change tonight.


December 1, 2017

Evans’s price continues to increase, as does his importance to the team. In the absences of both Mike Conley and Mario Chalmers, Evans moved up from the sixth man role and received the start at the point guard spot ahead of Aaron Harrison, on account of how much offensive responsibility runs through him now. With a 31.6 fantasy point average since Conley went down, Evans outperforms his similarly-priced peers and is still good value even at this high-point price.


November 26, 2017

Not only is Tyreke good again, but he is showing a consistency he has never before seen in his career. As his fantasy price rises to $15.4 million, his fantasy production keeps pace ahead of this increase, buoyed by a recent stockpiling of highly valuable blocked shots (none in the first ten games, seven in the last eight). With the exceptions of 26.9 and 19.7 performances, Evans has scored between 32.2 and 45.7 fantasy points in each of his last eleven games, simply outperforming the other options in his price range.


November 13, 2017

Evans is playing with a confidence he has not had in years. Back to being unstoppable headed to the basket when driving in space, he is also shooting from outside well, averaging a very efficient 17.8 points per game to go along with 4.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He is improving, too, averaging 24.2 points per game in November, an improvement his price has yet to reflect, giving him fantasy value.


November 1, 2017

Perhaps buoyed by coming home, Evans has started the season well, averaging 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists alongside a paltry 0.9 turnovers per game and becoming a three-point gunner out of seemingly nowhere. Evans is the most expensive player listed today, yet he is not expensive relative to those he performs comparably with, and also working in his favour is the fact that Mike Conley is only “questionable” to play tonight. If he cannot, the Grizzlies will need someone to take on a greatly expanded playmaking role. Andrew Harrison will get more minutes at guard, but he will not be that player. Tyreke might.


June 29, 2017

Tyreke Evans
SG/SF, 6’6, 220lbs, 27 years old, 8 years of experience

Back where he once shone, Evans shines no more, an oft-injured player who reached contract fill-in status with the trade that brought him back to Sacramento. On the court, Evans has finally begun to shoot from outside efficiently, with three-point shooting marks of 38.8% and 35.6% over the last two years coming in what have also been the seasons with the two highest three-point rates of his career. But the injuries seem to have robbed him of some of the finishing at the basket, which used to be the point of Tyreke Evans. He would always make bad decisions, stop the ball and be predictable in his intent, but he used to get to the rim and finish enough to make it worthwhile. So now he needs a run of good health and the opportunity to prove that he can still do that.

Player Plan: Entering unrestricted free agency with no momentum and a recent history of injuries. Back in Sacramento supporting Jackson could be a good place to try and rebuild his career, but it needs to come cheap.


September 30, 2013

Tyreke Evans – New Orleans Pelicans

Evans’ per game averages in all major statistical averages have gone down for four consecutive seasons. This is not to say he has declined over those four seasons – indeed, despite the worrying numbers dip, Evans’s play within a team concept noticeably improved last year, as did his efficiency. Nevertheless, after such a start, Evans’s career has rather stagnated, and not developed hugely since the lightning start to his career.

Evans had the rookie season that he did because he was given the keys to essentially do what he wanted. The offensive system, such that it was, allowed Tyreke to drive to the basket in isolation as often as he needed. And this, he excels at. However, not until recently did he develop much beyond this. The defense, which should be excellent, is rather average, and the shot selection is still imperfect. The jumpshot is improved, yet Evans is still much better with the ball than when playing off of it, and the latter of these is becoming more and more important as Evans’ star burns weaker and weaker.

As was the case with the Jrue Holiday trade, the Pelicans have paid something of a premium for a player who is merely above average. Evans is good, but he is not as good as his contract demands he be, nor is he a good fit for this team. Holiday and Evans need to somehow coexist with each other whilst also incorporating the incumbent Eric Gordon, who, despite looking worryingly Gilbert-Arenasy at times last season, earns the maximum salary and thus has to be made to be effective, whatever it takes. It can still work out for New Orleans and for Evans, but it relies on pseudo-stars becoming elite role players fairly quickly.


February 21, 2010

(It's also of note that, when we said it was a two player draft, we meant Rubio and Blake Griffin. Not Tyreke Evans and Taj Gibson.)