The Brooklyn Nets have been adding big names, and re-upping with their own big names for the last year and a half, but they are getting a ton of value from their sign-and-trade with the Los Angeles Clippers that added veteran rebounding stud Reggie Evans. This season has seen the Nets already feel the need to change coaches so it has had some lows, but the play of Evans has to be considered a high.
In the previous four seasons the veteran had 26 combined starts, but for the Nets he already has 25 games as a starter plus he is surely going to play more games in 2012-13 than he has since all the way back in the 2008-09 season.
For his career Evans averages under 20 minutes per game, but this season he is north of 22 and his rebounding is what has earned him the extra floor time. The 6’8″ 250 pounder has 21 games with double-digit rebounds including two games where he went off for 20+ boards. Overall his 9.0 rebounds per game rank him 17th in the NBA, but his rebounds per 48 minutes are by far the best in the league. Evans nabs 19.3 rebounds per 48 minutes and in the 2000s only Danny Fortson (19.5 for the 2001-02 Golden State Warriors) and Kevin Love (20.4 for the 2010-11 Minnesota Timberwolves) have more.
The Nets used a trade exception to acquire Evans, and he is signed for the next three seasons at just over $5 million total ($1.6 million per season average) so the value here is through the roof for Brooklyn. If the Nets are going to reach their lofty goals then the big fella will need to continue to be a machine on the glass so hopefully he will be able to avoid falling victim to his history of injuries.