Grizzlies news: Tyreke Evans ‘feels like it’s my rookie year again’
Since averaging 20.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.8 assists en route to the 2010 Rookie of the Year award, Tyreke Evans has had an injury-plagued career. After appearing in just 65 games over the past two seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings, Evans signed a one-year, $3.3 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Heading into the 2017-18 NBA season, Evans feels injuries are finally behind him according to Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal:
“I feel like it’s my rookie year again with me being healthy, so I’m excited,” Evans said. “When (the Grizzlies) were talking to me, they were excited about getting a guard like me to help Mike (Conley) create and get to the basket.”
After a roster overhaul in Memphis, Evans provides the Grizzlies with another playmaker alongside Mike Conley if he stays healthy. With the Grizzlies entering a new era without Zach Randolph and Tony Allen, it will be interesting to see how they play under head coach David Fizdale.
With training camp underway, the Grizzlies should remain competitive in the Western Conference with Conley, Marc Gasol, and Chandler Parsons. However, in order to make their eighth consecutive playoff appearance, their core players will need to prove they can remain relatively healthy.