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Physical Evans understands his role with Nets

Veteran big men gives Brooklyn tough defense, tenacious rebounding
10/18/2013 11:15 AM ET
By Doug Williams
BACKGROUND

Make no mistake about it; Reggie Evans is one of the most physical big men in the league. At 6'8, 272, Evans is a force at the power forward position and is known for his tenacity and rebounding ability. At 33 years old, Evans has significant experience and is playing on his sixth NBA team. He will split time with Kevin Garnett, Andray Blatche, and Andrei Kirilenko at the 4.

LAST SEASON

Evans played in 80 games last season, and started 56 of them. While his 4.1 PPG is far from impressive, it's his rebound line (11.1 per game) that is. He is known for his defensive rebounding but also averaged 3.3 of those rebounds from the offensive glass and his presence was what allowed center Brook Lopez to concentrate on scoring instead of rebounding. Evans had more than twice the amount of rebounds than anybody else on the team with 628…the closest was Lopez with 304. Evans was also third on the team in field goal percentage behind Lopez and Blatche.

THIS SEASON

The Nets have to be expecting more of the same from Evans but with slightly less playing time. He certainly won't be starting 56 games with Kevin Garnett now on the team, but he should still play about 20 minutes per game because of his defensive prowess. While expected to start at power forward, KG will probably sit occasional games as well as play limited minutes because of his age. Evans is a significant downgrade on offense from Garnett, but not on defense. And while the Nets have a starting five that will rely on outscoring the opponent, the deep bench of the Nets will bring defense, toughness, and rebounding (which is Evans' MO).

I expect Evans to have a similar season to last year in terms of effectiveness, with just slightly less playing time and significantly less starts.

I'll go with 20 minutes per game, with about 3 points and 10 rebounds on average. 

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