Tyreke Evans did something last year that only three NBA rookies had ever done, joining an elite club with Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson and LeBron James as the only players ever to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in their first season and raising both the hopes and expectations of Kings fans.
Through 14 games of his sophomore campaign, though, Evans has been a big disappointment, averaging less than 18 points per game and seeing his other stats sag as well. Many are blaming what is supposed to be a minor but nagging foot injury, but the Kings' No. 4 pick in last season's draft is averaging about 37 minutes per game.
Many hoped Evans would improve this season and keep his rebound and assist totals at similar levels while increasing his scoring to 25 points per game or more.
How did the other members of the 20-5-5 club fare in their second season?
Oscar Robertson responded by averaging a triple double in his second season with 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game on the way to a Hall of Fame career.
Michael Jordan only played 18 games in his second season, averaging 22.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists. He then racked up seven straight seasons with more than 30 points per game and led the league in scoring in all of those seasons.
LeBron James averaged 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists in his second season. He's upped his scoring above those levels in very subsequent season while keeping the other numbers steady, although he has struggled in the early going this year.
Among other current players, Evans has also drawn comparisons to Kevin Durant. Durant averaged 25.3 points per game in his second season, then led the league in scoring the past two years. He also was the MVP of the FIBA World Championships this season, leading the Americans to victory for the first time since 1994.
Evans was cut from that U.S. team, and it looks like his hopes of entering the elite of NBA players are also fading fast as opposing teams take away his driving strengths and force him to shoot more of his iffy jumpers. He's averaged 9.3 points per game in the past three games, and the Kings have lost nine of their last 10 games.
If his plantar fasciitis - the same injury that forced Joakim Noah to miss 18 games last season - is more serious than Evans and the team is letting on, it's probably time to let him sit and recover.
Should Tyreke Evans sit out some games and come back when his injury has healed?
Yes. (198 votes)
No. (18 votes)
216 total votes