Sports reporter Wei Rendagger reports
Tyreke Evans has scored at least 20 points in six straight games off the bench.
Not only broke the record in the history of the Grizzlies, but also made people pay attention to the No. 4 pick in 2009.
This past summer, Evans stood at a career crossroads.
In the previous eight years of his career, he had won two contracts and earned nearly $60 million, but his performance did not meet everyone’s expectations.
In the end, Evans chose to return to Memphis, and the fans here will not be unfamiliar with him, because Evans moved from the University of Memphis to the NBA stage.
Since the start of the game, Evans has used his comprehensive performance to make people have a guess: Can he become the best sixth man this year?
Competition Conditions for the Best Sixth Man
First, the nominated player must have played more games as a substitute than as a starter during the season.
The next step is to compare various data, but the league does not have a clear standard.
Therefore, we have made statistics on the data of the best sixth man in the NBA for nearly ten years. The playing time of these 10 best sixth men is about 30 minutes, and the average scoring is about 17 points per game.
Moreover, looking at the winners of the best sixth man in league history, defenders account for a large proportion.
What is the current status of competitors?
Evans played 13 games this season as a substitute, averaging 18.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 27.5 minutes per game.
Objectively speaking, as long as Evans continues to maintain this state, he can compete for the best sixth man.
More importantly, in the competition with competitors, Evans temporarily leads.
Eric Gordon, the winner of the best sixth man last season, averaged 22.9 points per game this season. However, due to Paul’s injury, Gordon started in the next 12 games, although the number of substitute appearances was greater than that of the starter.
This condition is not difficult to meet, but it will definitely have a slight impact on the final measurement.
Another competitor, Louis Williams, contributed 17.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists all off the bench, on par with Evans. Lu Wei is likely to become Evans’ biggest opponent.
However, Evans’ performance this season is not only about scoring, but his efforts have borne fruit this summer.
The hit rate of COSCO shot increased rapidly
Back in Memphis, we finally saw Evans rediscover his once-high level of play, and while Evans made 30.3 percent of his career 3-pointers, he worked hard to improve his offense over the summer.
And his offensive ability is indeed getting stronger and stronger, especially the mid-range and long-range jumpers.
In seven games with 19 or more points so far, Evans is shooting a career-high 43 percent from beyond the arc.
According to statistics, Evans’ shooting efficiency this season ranks ninth among all defenders in the league.
Evans is taking 23.4 shots per 100 possessions, compared with 12.9 for the eight guards ahead of him.
In addition, Evans also ranks at the forefront of the league in pick-and-roll efficiency this season, second only to Bradley Beal, Stephen Curry and LeBron James.
A number of data ranked the highest in the team
Now it seems that the Grizzlies signing Evans seems to be a big deal, and Evans’ career has gradually returned to the right track.
Despite having All-Star players like Mike Conley and Marc Gasol on the team, Evans still ranks highest on the team in terms of player plus-minus, player efficiency and player impact.
Evans has emerged as one of the best second-team players in the league and has been a steady offensive firepower for the Grizzlies to start.
If Evans continues to maintain this state, not only will he have an advantage in the competition for the best sixth man this season, but he is also very likely to become a sought-after free agent next summer.
All-around performance leads the league
Evans finally proved this season that he is an all-around perimeter player with the league’s top talent.
Early this season, Evans was one of only four players in the league with a true shooting percentage above 60 percent.
One of the players with a usage rate of 25%, an assist rate of 20%, and a rebound rate of 10%. The other three players are James, Durant, and Antetokounmpo.
Before the dark season of 2016-17, Evans was in the top teens in the league for players at his position.
After improving his shooting consistency and defensive ability this summer, Evans currently ranks eighth among guards in box plus-minus.
Health problems are still the biggest hidden danger
Having undergone three knee surgeries in nine months, Evans’ health remains a concern.
Over the past five seasons, Evans has missed an average of 26 games per season.
However, at present, according to Evans himself, his knee feels very good.
For the Grizzlies, how to allocate Evans’ playing time is a key factor in ensuring that he can remain healthy.
No. 4 show vows to complete self-salvation
In the 2009 NBA Draft, Evans was selected by the Kings with the fourth overall pick in the first round. At that time, Evans could not only attack by himself, but also create space for his teammates.
In the Rookie of the Year competition, Evans beat Curry to average 20