The New Orleans Pelicans went out and signed restricted free agent Tyreke Evans this summer as well as swinging a trade for Jrue Holiday. With the new additions, the team will be attempting to make a push for the playoffs in a very competitive Western Conference.
Ever since his exceptional rookie season, Evans has trended down, but the Pelicans certainly hope that he can thrive in a new environment and a new role. It seems that Monty Williams is determined to make Evans his sixth man and will bring him off the bench.
It’s hard to argue against this decision. With Holiday, Gordon and Anthony Davis all needing touches on offense, it’s probably best to have Evans and Ryan Anderson carry the scoring load for the second unit. The Pelicans are not that deep of a team, so Evans will certainly get his minutes, if for no other reason than the fact that he can play three different positions.
Evans averaged 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 65 regular season appearances last season.