Evans during a preseason game in October 2013
|No. 1 – New Orleans Pelicans|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
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|
|2013–present||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Tyreke Jamir Evans (/ / born September 19, 1989) is an American professional basketball swingman with the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball at the University of Memphis, and was selected by the Sacramento Kings as the 4th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He is known for his quickness, ballhandling and finishing ability.
High school career
Evans grew up in Chester, Pennsylvania, and was mainly raised by his three older brothers. He attended American Christian Academy in Aston, Pennsylvania, and by his sophomore year began drawing comparisons to NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady. As a senior, he averaged 32.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 4.3 steals. He was named the MVP of the McDonald's High School All-American Game and co-MVP (with Brandon Jennings) of the Jordan Brand Classic. At the age of 16, he was featured in the documentary Gunning for That #1 Spot directed by Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys. Evans was chosen to be the keeper of the SLAM Magazine 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)
On March 31, 2009, Evans declared himself eligible for the 2009 NBA Draft. Evans decided to forgo his remaining three seasons of collegiate eligibility. On June 25, 2009, Evans was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
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 1.33 steals in 36.1 minutes per game.
On December 21, 2009, he was instrumental in leading the Sacramento 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, Tyreke Evans was named Western Conference T-Mobile Rookie of the Month for the second straight month.
On February 12, 2010 Tyreke 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.
He also became the fourth NBA player in history to ever 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 2009–2010 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 time outs remaining, Sacramento inbounded to the ball to Evans, who then dribbled the ball to half court and nailed a 3 pointer with time expiring, giving Sacramento a 2 point win.
On January 21, 2011, Evans scored a career high 35 points, along with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
Evans missed 19 games due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot, missing the 2011 NBA T-Mobile Rookie Challenge.
On November 24, 2011, he 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.
New Orleans Pelicans (2013–present)
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 the 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.
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|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|
Awards and honors
- NBA Rookie of the Year: 2010
- NBA All-Rookie First Team: 2010
- NBA Rookie Challenge MVP: 2010
- McDonald's All-American Game MVP: 2008
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- [dead link]
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- Virtus Roma officially announces Tyreke Evans
- "NEW ORLEANS PELICANS ACQUIRE TYREKE EVANS AND JEFF WITHEY IN THREE-TEAM TRADE". NBA.com. July 10, 2013. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
- Notebook: Pelicans 110, Trail Blazers 108
- Notebook: Pelicans 101, Thunder 89