Tyreke plays 20 minutes in win over WASH (Oct 20 12:00 ET )
Tyreke Evans played 20 minutes in Monday's win over the Wizards, making 3-of-7 from the field for 10 points with five rebounds, seven assists, five steals and three turnovers.
The Scoop:He is likely going to start at small forward this season because John Salmons and Darius Miller aren't exactly starting-caliber players. Evans was attacking at the rim at will down the stretch and had a sky-high usage rate of 28.3 percent in the last month of the season, but he won't have the ball nearly as much. The Pelicans have a lot of players back, so Evans is more of a late-round target.
The Scoop:Luke Babbitt will start at small forward tonight and the move is due to Eric Gordon (back spasms) sitting out. Evans is very unlikely to be as effective as he was down the stretch last season, so he's more of a late-round flier.
Tyreke Evans made his preseason debut in the starting shooting guard spot on Thursday, scoring 10 points with four rebounds, seven assists, one block and two turnovers.
The Scoop:His hamstring strain kept him on the sidelines until now and he's dealt with a handful of hammy problems in his career. Evans is fully expected to start at small forward and won't be facilitating the offense as much as he did tonight.
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