Tyreke Evans hires “Shot Doc”

It’s no secret that Tyreke Evans has struggled with his jump shot this season.  But it appears help has arrived.

Big brother Reggie Evans arrived in Sacramento Thursday morning with Keith “Shot Doc” Veney, a professional shooting coach who has worked with NBA players such as Dirk Nowitzki, Ben Gordon, Caron Butler and Paul Pierce.

Tyreke’s jumper has been an ongoing problem.  He is now down to a career-low 22 percent from behind the three-point line.  And according to 82games.com,  Tyreke has an effective field-goal percentage of just 30 percent on jump shots compared to 59 percent around the rim.

“I want to work to become a better shooter,” Tyreke said before Wednesday’s loss to the Pistons.  “It’s only a matter of time, but it’s not going to happen over night.  It’s good for him to come in and give me some techniques.”

Tyreke’s brothers Doc and Reggie understand his struggles and are doing their best to provide support for their youngest brother.

“This is what he wants,” Doc said earlier this week.  “He’s trying to find his shot.”

Veney has an impressive resume, both as a coach and a player.  In 1996, Veney set the NCAA all-time single game record for three-point shots made with 15.  He made 409 three-pointers in four seasons at Marshall University, which ranks him eighth all-time in three-point field goals made in NCAA history.

Veney will be in town for a “week or two”, according to Doc Evans.  Tyreke will be working with him as a supplement to team activities.

Photo: Tyreke working with Veney at the Sacramento Kings Practice Facility late Thursday night. (via Doc Evans on Twitter)




About: James Ham

James Ham is the senior editor of Cowbell Kingdom, providing extensive Kings coverage through news analysis, in-depth interviews with players and staff and daily coverage of breaking news since 2010. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also contributes to ESPN.com and is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary film "Small Market, Big Heart".