Tyreke Evans and the Chalice of Point Guard Purity

J.K. Rowling's got some new steez, futhermuckas! It's name is Tyreke Evans, and he seeks the Chalice of Point Guard Purity.

Because, you see, only by obtaining and grasping a completely mythical artifact will he convince the world that he holds some semblance of point guardness.

Requisite disclosure: John Hollinger is handsome and saintly. Who has two thumbs and likes John Hollinger? This guy. <> Everyone likes Hollinger's work, including me, because Hollinger's work is very valuable. It's awesome.

But everyone makes mistakes. Even John Hollinger!

The Kings drafted Evans as a point guard, hoping he'd replace the ineffective Udrih, but on paper he looks a lot more like a shooting guard. He's a slasher who had low assist rates in college and stands 6-5; historically players of that ilk migrate to shooting guard within two years of entering the league.

Low assist rates ... low assist rates ... hmm. <Tyreke Evans's assist rates in college>> Hmm, an assist rate of 30.0. Hmm, is that low for a future NBA point guard?

<Derrick Rose's assist rates in college>> Hmm, an assist rate of ... 30.4. Hmm ... seems pretty similar to that of Evans. <D.J. Augustin, Russell Westbrook, George Hill and Mario Chalmers, the last of which was a starting point guard on a playoff team>> Hmm, 30.5, 24.4, 24.2, 24.5.

<> If Tyreke Evans had low assist rates in college, then Derrick Rose, D.J. Augustin, Russell Westbrook, George Hill and Mario Chalmers had low assist rates in college. And if Tyreke Evans's low college assist rates mean he'll be a shooting guard in two years, then I suppose we can infer that Derrick Rose, D.J. Augustin, Russell Westbrook, George Hill and Mario Chalmers will be shooting guards in two years.

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The specific reason this bugs me is that Hollinger attributes the myth of Tyreke Evans's shooting guardness to paper, when paper actually says something completely different. So when Tyreke Evans busts out a triple-double in November, people are going to think the paper lied to them, when really it was just translated poorly.

In conclusion, paper does not say Tyreke Evans is a two-guard unless paper also says Derrick Rose is a two-guard.

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