Evans with the New Orleans Pelicans in 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)|
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 player for 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 with the 4th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. Evans was the 2010 NBA Rookie of the Year winner and was traded to New Orleans in 2013.
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. He was also a first-team Parade All-American. 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.
Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Evans was listed as the No. 3 point guard and the No. 6 player in the nation in 2008.
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.
Evans was named the Conference USA Rookie of the Week eight times.
Sacramento Kings (2009–2013)
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 on Rally for RekeROY night. Evans scored 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 93-96 loss to the Utah Jazz.
In 2012–13, Evans missed 16 out of 20 games between November 30 and January 5 due to a left knee injury. He finished the season with averages of 15.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
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 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 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 of action as a starter, he recorded 20 points and 10 assists in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, as the Pelicans dropped to a 4–14 win/loss record to start the season. On December 11, 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 successful surgery on his right knee and was ruled out for the rest of the season.
NBA career statistics
|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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- Mark Beech and Ted Keith. "Where Will They Be?" Sports Illustrated. June 27, 2006. Retrieved on June 25, 2008.
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- Adam Yauch - IMDb
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- Tyreke Evans Recruiting Profile
- "Tyreke Evans picks Memphis Tigers". Associated Press. The Sporting News. April 16, 2008. Retrieved on June 25, 2008.
- Wolken, Dan. "Tigers take down Bearcats, 60-45". Commercialappeal.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
- "Sacramento Kings – Home". Nba.com. 2009-12-01. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
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- "NBA.com". NBA.com. 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
- http://www.sacbee.com/2010/03/11/2598741/evans-is-double-trouble.html Archived March 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Sacramento Kings – Home". Nba.com. 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
- Associated, The (2010-04-30). "Kings' Evans Is Rookie of Year". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
- Virtus Roma officially announces Tyreke Evans
- Jazz fend off Kings as Jimmer Fredette misses potential game winner
- Tyreke Evans 2012-13 Game Log
- "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
- Pelicans beat Kings 101-95, gain ground in playoff race
- Gasol's 38 points lead Grizzlies past Pelicans 113-104
- Evans scores 27 points, Pelicans beat Wizards 107-105
- Tyreke Evans Undergoes Successful Surgery
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- Tyreke Evans at gotigersgo.com