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NBA Draft: Tyreke Evans may be risky pick

JOHN ROHDE Published: June 13, 2009
Many questions surround Tyreke Evans.

Is he a point guard, or a shooting guard?

Is he both, or neither?

Is he truly a bad outside shooter?

Is he the next Derrick Rose, or did he just happen to play at the same college?

Is he good enough now, or is he a project?

Is he your answer, or does he bring you more questions?

There is uncertainty with every potential NBA Draft pick, even a blatant top choice like Blake Griffin.

The last thing a team wants to do is waste a high draft pick on a tweener.

Evans is widely seen as an early pick, but he is in between positions.

There is a significant difference between being a tweener and being versatile.

A versatile player can excel at more than one position.

A tweener might not excel at any.

The 6-foot-5¼, 221-pound Evans is powerfully built, athletic and has a ridiculous wingspan of 6-foot-11¼ (the exact same as Griffin’s.)

However, Evans is caught between being a 1 and a 2, much like Stephen Curry, Jrue Holiday and Jeff Teague.

Meanwhile, there is no doubt what Ricky Rubio is (1), or Hasheem Thabeet (5), or James Harden (2), or Jonny Flynn (1), or Brandon Jennings (1), or Jordan Hill (4).

Does the Thunder want Evans? Does the Thunder need Evans?

The Thunder definitely needs a shooting guard, but Evans shot a putrid 27.4 percent from 3-point range as a freshman at Memphis.

He averaged 3.9 assists last season, but also 3.6 turnovers.

With the draft 12 days away, uncertainty continues to spread as to who will be picked second behind Griffin.

Initially, it was thought to be Rubio or Thabeet.

DraftExpress now lists Harden as the No. 2 pick, followed by Thabeet and Rubio.

The 19-year-old Evans also has been mentioned at No. 2. He would remain in Memphis and potentially could help the Grizzlies at the gate.

Some general managers believe in Evans, but many others are skeptical, citing his youth and the temptation for opposing teams to sag on Evans when he plays the point.

Evans has a fan in President Barack Obama, who told the Sacramento Kings owners, the Maloof brothers, they should take Evans with the No.

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Week-long Thunder season ticket selection process ended Friday at the Coca Cola Events Center.

Coming Sunday
How are the NBA trade winds blowing and how much would be too much to give up for Blake Griffin?


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