Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 11:40 am  |  39 responses

Tyreke Evans Doesn’t Know His Role on the Pelicans

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Neither Tyreke Evans nor the New Orleans Pelicans’ PR staff would comment on why the guard didn’t play Sunday night, in a 93-81 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

It’s pretty obvious, though, that there’s a growing rift between Evans and head coach Monty Williams.

Williams would only say that the DNP-CD was due to an “internal” issue, and the frustrated Evans claims his role on the team has never been clarified.

Per Sheridan Hoops:

“He’s trying to figure me out still,” Evans said of his head coach before the game. “Most of the guys that came here are pretty much new [to the team] so he’s trying to fit everybody in and put me in the best position he can.”

“No, we never talked about (my role),” Evans said. “I haven’t talked to him about it. We talk here and there but I haven’t talked to him about what role is whose on the team.”

Asked if the communication with Williams has to improve, Evans said that it needed to improve. “It has to get better. We have to know our roles on the team.”

The Pelicans (22-28) inked ‘Reke to a four year deal worth $44 million in a sign-and-trade with Sacramento last summer, and despite a willingness to come off the bench, he has struggled to fit in with his new squad.

Evans’ overall shooting percentage has plummeted by 7.7% from last season, and he’s connecting on a horrific 15.2% from beyond the arc.

In addition to being confused about his role, Evans adds that he feels overloaded with responsibilities on the floor, and increasingly anxious to score in limited playing time.

Not-so-fun times in NOLA.

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  • Jeremy de Sa

    I still can’t believe he went 20-5-5 his rookie year, if only he improved his jumper and learned to go left he maybe would still have those seasons. He is only 24 so ‘Reke could definitely still improve

  • Saleem Rainman

    he hasnt known his role in any year other than in his rookie season.

    He’s officially a bum.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    the fact that Monty Williams hasn’t talked to Evans about his role is kind of alarming.
    edit: by “kind of alarming” i mean this,


  • Anthony

    Perfect example of great talent in a tough situation. The stars really have to be aligned for pro players careers to really take off. You can be good, but if your career takes you to a team, organization, or coaching situation where things aren’t right your light can really get snuffed out. (This kat is entering his prime….loosing years b/c they don’t know his role)

  • Elliot

    He needs to play point like he did in his rookie season where averaged 20-5-5

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s 24 years old! did you even know what career you wanted to pursue at 24? the kid deserves guidance.

  • Tanya Stephen


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  • Saleem Rainman

    im 22 lol.

    im just sayin, its annoying, every single year he is saying he doesnt know what his role is (i recall him saying this in sacramento too) maybe the issue is ur just not that good, bud. he hasnt improved on his shot or on his ability to drive left, which are both issues he’s had from the beginning. Guys that arent willing to work on their clear shortcomings when there is potential to be really good just annoy me.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Having a role and being good are unrelated…..Mark Madsen had a set role in LA. He was terrible. Why is Tyreke Evans possibly not being as good as it seemed he was an excuse for his coach not outlining his role?

  • Saleem Rainman

    ah idk man. I just dont rate him.

    he clearly wasnt as good as people thought he was in his rookie year. Again, he had clear limitations, and hasnt improved on em, and even regressed in some things he was good at, arguably. That to me is a bum. Not saying he wont ever turn it around, but we been sayin he gonna turn it around next year, he gonna turn it around next year for the past 3 or so years

  • davidR

    i envision lance stephenson being his prototype. could he do something similar the way the pelicans are set up?

  • Doug

    He’s a guard

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    *forgot to answer the question*
    i think that sort of role suits him perfectly, to be honest.
    and that was the implied role this summer. but if it wasn’t really laid out for Evans then i can see how he’d be confused. He got 10+ million a season, I see how playing 24.5mpg after signing that contract can feel like mixed signals if your future and role wasn’t somewhat explained to you by your coach.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    true or not, they signed him for 10+ million a season and are playing him for 24.5 minutes a game. i think it’s understandable that he doesn’t know his role.

  • Exile

    Like S. Rainman said – He said this in Sac Town too. Might be more about him than the coach, or the team.

  • bike

    Well, he’s not a three-point guy. That should narrow it down a bit.

  • SwissArmyKnife5

    Dude has a lot of talent, size, and a nice handle…if he can follow the Lance Stephenson prototype IMO he’d be a monster.

  • SwissArmyKnife5

    His rookie year the scouting report wasn’t really out on him yet, plus all the ankle injuries he’s been having a hard time…I also think he’s lost all of his confidence.

  • SwissArmyKnife5

    Yeah I agree, he needs the ball in his hands to be productive. He needs to at least play point forward.

  • Elliot

    Exactly, I don’t understand why you would move a player who is producing good numbers in a certain position to another position where he won’t be comfortable especially when he’s a rookie with stats that only oscar Robertson, lebron and Jordan could attain. Ridiculous!

  • LakeShow

    He showed what he is capable of many times over now.

    It’s the coaching staff’s job to find this man a role on the team that is consistent.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Just face the truth it’s time to write off Tyreke Evans as another bust from the 09′draft

  • Exile

    Got it. But it is also Evan’s job to inspire the confidence for the team/coach/staff to give him a regular role. Problem right now is if he is not the man… is he capable of finding his confidence (and maybe his game) in another capacity? His best numbers have always came when he dominated the ball.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    THEY PAID HIM 10+ MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR. it was implied that he would get the chance to grow into a “regular” role right off the bat. and that didn’t happen. so what is he supposed to think?

  • guest

    wtf are you talking about? dude has a rough season and he’s a bust? gtfoh with that sh*t

  • davidR

    yea, lance and tyreke are pretty similar in build and playstyle. although it did take lance a few years to get comfortable doing what he does. i cant imagine monty would have that much trouble finding a way to work reke in. maybe there are other things that arent being reported. a lack of effort? i dont know.

    just really odd that for how much they are paying him, he isn’t getting much burn. i wonder if he gets moved soon

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    but shouldn’t Monty have had a sit down with Tyreke as his first course of action? if i were a coach i would literally have a sit down with every non superstar on my roster.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Tyreke has had a very rough irrelevant career DUMBASS

  • LakeShow

    You’re right, but technically it is a part of his attack. Plus he only shoots 1 a game.

    He needs to shoot a deep shot every once in a while to keep defenders honest. He does get hot and can launch from deep with decent accuracy, so he shouldn’t rid himself of it altogether, but rather limit his shots from deep.

    Similar scenario to Josh Smith. It’s okay to shoot 1 or 2, but if you miss stop there.

  • LakeShow

    Yes per 36 min stats don’t tell it all, but here they are anyway:

    18 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 1.7 on 40% FG’s

  • robb

    look at Lance Stephenson.

  • KingBenjamin

    Man after his rookie season when he averaged 20 ppg 5 rpg 5 apg I thought he was going to be the next great 2-guard in the NBA, boy was I wrong. His ppg have only gotten worse each season, which is scary, I thought he was going to be the future of the Kings and make that franchise competitive again, I don’t know what’s up with Tyreke maybe he just lost motivation after killing his rookie season, seems like he’s been in the league for year’s but he’s still only 24 years old, he better figure out his role soon or else he might get traded and just become a role player for the rest of his career.

  • Da Real

    It always amazes me how NBA teams have between 20-30 ppl on payroll to make educated basketball decisions and put out a winning team and this is the crap that goes on. Gordon is clearly washed up or not motivated to play there anymore. Cut your losses and move on. Let holiday, Davis and Evans play! They could easily be like portland. Monty might have to go soon.

  • davidR

    oh definitely man. i mean, when he signed he had to have had a few meetings with monty or the coaching staff about the the team and how he fits.

    the whole things just seems… odd. sounds like there are some issues behind the scenes we’re not hearing about

  • Shooting Guard

    i feel bad for tyreke, dude came in the league with future HOF credentials, now not so much

  • berkamore

    Well said. That’s why I never understood teams that get players and ask them to adjust their games. My reaction is always: You probably KNOW what a guy does before you get him. So why would you take say, a shooter and tell him:” you know what, we need you to be a facilitator on this team” and act surprised when the guy struggles. Beats me.

  • hyperdunk

    stupid coaches:

    byron scott
    monty williams
    jason kidd
    mike brown
    vinny del negro

  • Exile

    I agree that 10 million a year implies certain things in an NBA contract, but it is also an expectation towards his prep and growth as a pro. The point I was attempting to make above is that he has a responsibility to find his way within that team – coaches can only do so much. Clearly he did well last game and I hope it continues.