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To all the fans that cry about Evans as a PG


I feel like I need to make a few points as I don't agree at all with all these people writing that Evans is not a PG.

1) Evans played in Westphal's system which was HORRIBLE!!!! First of all it's a joke to say that Evans was in a point guards role as the offense started with someone new initiating the offense each drive down. Evans did not play as a PG until the first game under Smart.

2) The first game when he played under Smart and his rookie season I saw plenty of evidence that Evans can be a very effective point guard in this league. He is very good at breaking down defenses and kicking the ball out. Last game he had several players (Thorton and Salmons) just flat out miss wide open shots. I predict while playing under Smart you will see Evans assist numbers rise significantly.

3) No one else on the team right now is fit to play as a starting point guard in the league. That includes Jimmer who has not impressed me at all yet. He jumps in the air while trying to pass ALL THE TIME!!!! This has been masked a little since Westphal's offense excluded having a point guard per say. But if you had Ferdette actually play as a traditional PG he would be a turnover machine. Ferdette is useful if he starts making 3's consistently. If he can't then I would even put Thomas ahead of him.

I will eat crow if I'm wrong but I think everyone will see starting Sunday a vastly different and much improved team. Especially everyone will see a much different Tyreke Evans at the PG position. The real crime of the situation is why did the Kings keep Westphal on? I know he was a nice guy by all indications but he was perhaps the worst coach in Kings history. Yes you read that right. If you exclude the hot start the team had Westphal's first year, he had the worst winning percentage. What's worse is, in part because of spats with Westphal, we traded away Martin and Hawes with not much in return (by luck we were able to turn the Martin trade into Thorton, essentially). Which I would add Landry to the list of Westphal's career killing attempts. Dalembert used us, but you know he was never going to play under Westphal again. Thank God THorton really had no choice but to sign here. What made me laugh the hardest the last few days was listening to all these fans calling up radio shows and typing "Paul Westphal is a great coach". Where's the proof on that claim. The minute the Sonics got rid of Westphal is the day that team started playing good basketball again. The Suns had several hall of famers and if they had a decent coach they probably would have won a championship. I compare Westphal with the Suns to the Chargers with Norv Turner (as a Raider fan, thank goodness they are keeping him as Coach!). Then to hear Napier praising Westphal, well, he lost a lot of credibility with that.

Anyway...I do believe that Smart will be a good coach for us (finally!!!!!) and the young talent will blossom with him. In closing I think the Kings could be a contender again soon if only they could hire a GM to do all free agent signings and trades and just use Petrie to draft. Petrie is a genius at drafting players, but his trades and free agent signings have been an absolute mess for the past decade. At the end of the season all the people saying Evans should not be a PG will disappear.

(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)

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