Tyreke Evans has been named NBA Rookie of the Year. He has proven to be a big-time player at such a young age.
All he’s lacking are victories.
The Sacramento Kings, who were demolished by the Sixers 112-85 Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, are 3-7 and going nowhere fast. They’re inexperienced, young and have already seen coach Paul Westphal fired and Keith Smart hired.
For Evans, a Chester native and former prep star at American Christian and college standout at Memphis, it hasn’t been an easy transition.
“It doesn’t matter,” said Evans, the 2009-10 Rookie of the Year. “I’m just happy to be here. I got picked here and it is something I have to deal with and keep working hard and doing my job.”
Evans poured in a career-high 35 points at Golden State on Jan. 21, 2011. On Dec. 29, 2010, he drained a 50-footer at the buzzer to propel the Kings to a 100-98 win over the Grizzlies.
Scoring in bunches and hitting big shots are nothing new. The task now is to just win — while staying patient.
“It’s tough, but you have to be a professional,” Evans said. “Nothing comes easy in this league. I just have to stay focused and do whatever I can to make us better. No one wants to win more than me. I’ll do whatever it takes to get there.”
There are other options on the Kings such as Marcus Thornton, DeMarcus Cousins and Jimmer Fredette, to name a few. Evans doesn’t have to score 40 points per night for his team to win.
“I think that has helped him a little bit, to not be a guy the defense is totally focused on, with all eyes looking right at him,” Smart said.
Evans is looking toward the future without ignoring the hard work it will take to get there.
“You want to win as many games as possible,” Evans said. “You hate to lose. I hate to lose. As I said, I’m a pro now and I understand what it takes. It’s a process and I’m willing to go through it.”
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