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Why can’t Tyreke Evans play small forward?
Much has been made of the emergence of Tyreke Evans (22-5-5 in December) and how things are going to work once Kevin Martin comes back from injury. The Kings have three options: 1) try to play Evans at point guard when that’s not his natural position, 2) play Evans at off guard, even though he’s not a pure shooter, or 3) play Evans at small forward, even though he’s undersized.
Evans is great at creating for himself, but he’s not a natural playmaker at the point guard position. Kevin Martin is an underrated scorer and should not be dismissed at off guard. He’s 40%+ from long range and can get to the line at will. He’d be great as a court-spacer/sidekick if the Kings can find a way to play him alongside Evans.
What about small forward? Is Evans really undersized? Looking at the draft measurables, Evans is a tad short for SF (6’5″ in shoes), but his wingspan (6’11″) and standing reach (8’8″) are longer/taller than DeMar DeRozan, Chase Budinger, Gerald Henderson and Terrence Williams, and no one has a problem with the idea of playing any of those guys at small forward. He’s not a prototypical small forward, but the league is getting smaller and he definitely has a swingman-type game.
The downside? Evans won’t have a strength advantage over most small forwards, which is one of the reasons he’s currently so effective getting to the rim. However, he will have a quickness advantage over most taller SFs, so that should help. Another issue is defensively with Evans and Martin, the Kings wouldn’t really have a stopper on the wing.
Oddly enough, the solution would be at point guard. To complement Evans and Martin on the wing, the Kings would need to find a defensive-minded, pass-first point guard who is tall and strong enough to cover the other team’s best perimeter player. And it would help if he was a 40%+ shooter from long range. Think 2006-07 era Kirk Hinrich. He doesn’t need to handle the ball a lot, just get it up the court, initiate the offense, and share the ball on the perimeter.
It could work, right?
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If Nostradamus were in your fantasy football league…
It’s draft day, 2009, and you’ve just arrived at your buddy Phil’s house for your league’s fantasy draft. Fat ass Tank is already there.
Tank: Where’s your guy?
You: Should be here any minute.
Tank: He’s solid?
You: Yeah, I guess. He’s my long-lost uncle. I met him at our family reunion last month. He said if I knew of any fantasy leagues to let him know.
Phil: I can’t believe Ken’s wife forbade him to play the day before the draft. She forbade him.
There’s a knock on the door.
Tank: That’s your guy?
Phil answers the door. It’s your Uncle Nostradamus.
Nostradamus: What up, playas?
Tank: Nice beard.
Phil: Thanks for filling in last minute.
Nostradamus: No worries. Where is everyone?
Tank: We’ve got them on speakerphone.
Nostradamus: Sweet. Let’s do this. What’s my pick?
Phil: Well, Ken – the man with no testicles — had the #1 overall pick, so you get to go first. You know how to play?
Nostradamus: Is this a PPR league?
Phil: Yep. 18 rounds. You’re up.
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AT&T drops Tiger Woods as a sponsor
AT&T has dropped Tiger Woods like a bad cell phone connection. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
AT&T Inc. said Thursday it would no longer sponsor Tiger Woods, joining Accenture in dropping support for the world’s top golfer, who’s taking a break from the sport to focus on his marriage after his admitted infidelity.
The phone company hasn’t used Woods’ image extensively in advertising, but its logo appeared on his golf bag. That deal had been billed as a “multiyear” agreement when it was signed early in 2009, after Buick ended its endorsement one year early because of its financial woes.
Woods has also been the host of the AT&T National PGA Tour event since it started in 2007. Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said that since Woods is on indefinite leave from professional golf, he will not serve as host for the 2010 event. However, his Tiger Woods Foundation will continue to be the beneficiary of the AT&T National, under a contract that runs through 2014, Votaw said.
The frequency at which sponsors are dropping Woods reminds me of when companies were kicking Michael Vick to the curb once he was indicted on dog-fighting charges. But I wonder whether or not they’ll all come back in a couple of years when he starts winning majors again.
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Edwards guarantees victory for Jets
Braylon Edwards told the media on Thursday that the Jets won’t lose to the Bengals this Sunday at the Meadowlands.
From the New York Post:
“We won’t lose this game,” Edwards boldly declared, standing in front of his locker.
“We want it too bad. I don’t think we can lose this game knowing the way our mindset is. Guys aren’t talking about New Year’s Eve. Guys aren’t talking about family. All guys are talking about is the playoffs. All guys are talking about is beating Cincinnati.
“Were all dialed in. We’re all focused on this week. We know all we have to do is win and we’re in. Guys are very, very serious and are approaching this as a Super Bowl.”
Wow Braylon – why to go out on a limb there. Guaranteeing a win over a Bengals team that has already clinched and might not play its starters is as worthless as guaranteeing a win over the computer while playing Madden on your PS3.
Edwards should try concentrating on catching the ball and leaving the guarantees to Joe Willy Namath.
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