In trying to think of what the issues with Tyreke Evans have been through these first few games, I've tried to figure out exactly what type of player Tyreke really is. Is he really cut from the same mold as LeBron like we thought in his rookie year? Is he that prototypical 2-guard like a Dwyane Wade or a Joe Johnson?
As I've watched Tyreke I've come to realize his individual offensive game really doesn't add much to the team as a whole. He excels at running the break and making plays in the open court, but can't knock down a jump shot consistently and continues to make bonehead mistakes from time to time. However, his defense these first 7 games has been phenomenal. This leads me to believe a great comparison for Tyreke and player he could model is Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies. Allen is not a legitimate offensive threat for Memphis. Their main offensive weapons are Randolph, Gay, Gasol, and Conley. Allen is purely a defensive specialist who fits a role on his team and is very valuable to them.
I think taking some of the offensive focus off of Tyreke and letting the offense run through Cousins and Thornton before it runs through Tyreke would really improve our offensive flow. Instead of Tyreke taking those shots that we all know he isn't going to knock down consistently, he needs to figure out how to defer those shots and stick with his strengths (driving to the rim, drawing fouls, drive and kicks, etc.) If he can stick to being an elite defender, attacking the paint, running the floor, rebounding, and setting up his teammates, he will be a much better fit on our team rather than focusing on improving a jump shot that just doesn't exist.