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JB Bickerstaff on Tyreke Evans’ opportunity in Memphis

Tyreke Evans

Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans has been one of the more surprising success stories of the season. The 28-year-old is having his best statistical season since his rookie year, as he’s averaging 19.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.6 assists. Evans was brought in to be a sixth man in Memphis, but he’s now started almost half the season due to Mike Conley’s injury.

Grizzlies interim head coach JB Bickerstaff credits that opportunity to play a much more significant role as a major reason why Evans has been so great for the Grizzlies this season.

Per Sean Cunningham:

Grizzlies coach JB Bickerstaff said he attributes opportunity for Tyreke Evans season thus far. “He’s on a mission right now. It’s not a personal mission, which is the best part about it”

There’s no doubt that Evans is benefiting from the opportunity to be one of the main offensive options for the Grizzlies this season. He’s taken up the role of primary ballhandler with Conley out, and he’s clearly thriving in that situation.

However, Evans’ improved health has also played a big factor in his success. He’s played 36 of the Grizzlies’ 37 games this season after playing just 40 games last year and 25 the year before. And while Bickerstaff claims Evans isn’t on a personal mission, the fact that Evans is only on a one-year contract this season has to be playing at least some part in his resurgent play.

As long as Evans remains healthy and continues to have a big part to play within the Grizzlies’ team, there’s a decent chance his dream season just keeps chugging along.