First off, I understand that Tyreke is playing the SF out of pure necessity at this point. I understand that some think this is better for the Sacramento Kings as a team due to the dismal performance of our SFs, and I understand that the team is playing better as a whole with IT running the point.
But as the season progresses and Tyreke spends more and more time as the SF, a question has to be asked, Is he wasted at the SF position?
I believe he is. Tyreke Evans needs the ball to be affective, he needs plays to be called for him in order to utilize his game. He needs to have screens set for him to set up the drive to the rim and the kick out for an open 3 when the penetration isn't there. Tyreke has the potential and ability to be a Lebron James TYPE, he's not as good as LBJ, Shooting Guard. He can revolutionize the position in the same way that LBJ did at the SF, a guard that can score, rebound, assist, defend and even block shots. He can do it all, as his shot progresses of course, but he needs to have the ball and the patience of the organization. Greatness isn't achieved over night!
When Tyreke was palying along Beno Udrih he was given the opportunity to fulfill this role and he did so remarkably, earning ROY honors, national recognition and the all so famous 20-5-5. Some may say, and I agree, that it was more of a marketing ploy by the organization but you cant dispute the productivity. Pairing that player with the best young big man in the league and a pretty good PG in Isiah Thomas and you have something truly special!
Unfortunately, this is not how its playing out. It seems Tyreke is falling out of favor with the current regime, playing less crucial minuets, having almost zero plays run for him and taking a back seat to Marcus Thornton who is a volume scorer and a 6th man for a playoff team at best. Tyreke looks uninterested at times and lost when playing off the ball. His aggressiveness and self confidence are gone, and it looks like he is on the way out of prominence with the organization. The team is better off with a player that can spread the floor at the SF position and it looks like they might have found one, as premature as it sounds, in Terrance Williams.