The New Orleans Pelicans made it clear this off-season that they plan to put a new and improved product on the floor to go along with their new look and nickname in the 2013-2014 NBA season. Obviously their two biggest moves of the summer were to acquire Jrue Holiday on a draft-night trade and to complete a sign-and-trade for Tyreke Evans.
With Greivis Vasquez also leaving New Orleans, it’s been pretty clear from the get-go that Holiday is going to be the guy handling the bulk of the point guard duties for the Pelicans. However, since coming to New Orleans, it’s really only been speculation regarding the role that Evans would play this season. It’s no longer speculation now.
According to a report from ESPN, head coach Monty Williams said at Pelicans media day that he plans to bring Evans off of the bench. Williams also went on to say that Evans and him had talked about his role and that the four-year veteran was fine with coming off of the bench. The coach added that he plans for Evans to see about 28-30 minutes per game and that he will more than likely finish games for the Pelicans.
Another thing that Williams had to say is that Evans will see time at both guard positions and time at the three, as well, depending on the situation. Evans is a unique player in the sense that he has the size and skill-set to do things at each of those positions, considering on what the team needs at a given time.
Though the Pelicans are paying Evans a hefty $11 million per year with his new contract, this seems like an ideal role for him. As their sixth man, Evans will be able to provide a spark off of the bench and new looks for New Orleans when it’s necessary. He might be coming off of the bench, but don’t be surprised if this new role helps him find the success that he’s been looking to have since his first season when he won Rookie of the Year honors.
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