713 results for tag: Tyreke Evans

Wolves 98, Kings 89: Watch Out For The Killer Beas

How We Feeling? There’s no way you can feel good about what you saw from the Kings against the Wolves. The Wolves are probably the worst team in the NBA. Maybe Detroit or Toronto are worse but a team like the Kings needs to take advantage of facing one of the easier opponents, especially when they get to stay home to play ... More

Lakers 112, Kings 100: The Lakers Don’t Even Know Who The Kings Are Yet

How We Feeling? Probably pretty frustrated but a little moral too. That’s how Paul Westphal seemed after the game. And he should be frustrated too. Games like this for the Kings are a great way of proving just how far they have to go in getting back to contention. No, you can’t win the Pacific division title in the ... More

Evolution of a Kings Fan

I am well-aware that this article is much more Noam-y than it is Kings-y. If this bothers  you, I will gladly reveal to you the punchline – I am a former Kings fan who was drawn back into the world of Sacramento basketball by a team so fun it makes you believe in unicorns – and send you on your way. However, the ... More

Season Preview Essays: Donté Greene

More than anything else, Donte Greene makes you think. We're talking about a 6'11" small forward. 6-freaking-11. Same height as both candidates to start for the Kings at center. Taller than the projected starting power forward. Taller than any small forward in the league, sans the occasional minutes Lamar Odom spends at ... More

Season Preview Essays: Beno Udrih

<img title="NBA: Preseason-Sacramento Kings at Los Angeles Clippers" onmousedown="return false;" src="http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9964083/nba-preseason-sacramento/nba-preseason-sacramento.jpg?size=480&imageId=9964083" border="0" alt="Oct 19, 2010; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guards Beno Udrih (19), left, and Tyreke Evans (13) during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. The Kings defeated the Clippers 96-94. Photo via Newscom" width="480" height="377" /> The good thing about Beno is the confidence he instills in one's heart as far as the Kings' front office. Yes, Geoff Petrie gave him a contract extension worth more (some may say much more) than he justifies. But you know that if your team's roster includes a productive player that the Spurs let go, you're in good hands. And after two years of solid back-up-point-guard-level production, Beno seemed to take the leap, to the point where the Kings can probably be comfortable starting him. He runs the pick-and-roll with expertise and precision, fine at both creating for others and shooting himself while curling off the screener. According to Synergy Sports, Beno scored 0.91 points per play as the ball handler in a pick-and-roll, while shooting a very impressive 48.3%. Going by these stats, Beno ranked as the 37th best pick-and-roll ball handler in the entire league. Beno’s best asset as a player, though, is his lightning quick release. The second Beno gets the tip of his big toe around the pick set by his big man, the ball is already up. This sort of quickness makes his shot very hard to contest, and helps his percentage immensely. This is what makes Beno such a weapon both on the pick-and-roll, and as an off ball shooter, as a spot up guy, and moreso when coming off of screens. Since opponents must respect his shot, this also opens room for penetration, both for scoring and for dishing, with the former often featuring his very strong floater. The downside to this is that his penetration rarely ends at the free throw line – Beno averaged only 1.5 shots from the stripe every game throughout his career, denying him the chance to show off that 82% free throw shooting. ... More

Season Preview Essays: Francisco Garcia

March 16, 2010: Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is defended by Francisco Garcia of the Sacramento Kings during the game between the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers at Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA. Ben Munn/CSM. You tend to forget just how good Francisco Garcia is. It's nobody's fault, really. Just a series of flukes that somehow pushed Cisco's ability to the back of our mind. The overblown contract. The bizarre medicine ball injury. The less-than-impressive return last season. The miserable failure of the "play him at point guard" experiment, that reminded us mostly of what he can't do and not of what he can. But let’s face it – how many of us can play point guard in the NBA? Or can avoid weight-room appliances exploding and indirectly decimating our wrists? It's not Cisco's fault that he arrived when the franchise was on the verge of a depressing downslide, thus staining his advantages with the stench of a golden era in the rearview mirror. Sure, he has his liabilities, maxing out as a very good role player/locker room presence. But when given the choice between having Francisco Garcia on your team and not having Francisco Garcia on your team – salary factors not included – I don’t see how you could possibly choose the latter. And yet, when you look at this Sacramento rotation and tell yourself that the Kings have no help on the wings, you suddenly blink, cock your head to the right, and say: "wait, a tick… is that El Flaco I see there on the depth chart?”... More

Kings 109, Suns 95: And The Pre-Season Starts With Banging

Due to some scheduling conflicts, I didn't go to the Kings first pre-season game last night. But there are a few people who did and did a fine job recapping the action. So check out the highlights and then the links after the jump: ... More

Sacramento Kings 2010-11 Season Preview

Remember the post about the Atlantic Division being previewed by the NBA blogosphere? Well the Pacific Division is happening over the next few days and we're happily participating with the Kings preview (along with Sactown Royalty). Check it out: ... More

Give It A Listen: Discussing The Kings On The Radio

Recently I was on 590 The Fan in St. Louis with Brian Doolittle to discuss DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans and the state of the Kings franchise. Click here to listen. I'm in Part 3 of the show 17. More

Uh Oh… What Happens If Tyreke Evans Can Shoot?

If you’re reading this post, I’m assuming you’re a Kings fan. Otherwise, why else would you be reading a Sacramento Kings blog unless you’re just trying to be supportive of my writing career? Assuming you are a Kings fan -- do you remember back in March and April when you were constantly arguing with Milwaukee Bucks ... More