Tyreke Evans won the NBA rookie of the year because from the day he stepped on an NBA court he could get to the rim as well as anyone in the Association.
Last season, he had 8.4 shot attempts per game at the rim, just 5.5 per game from outside 16 feet (according to Hoopdata). And by the end teams were begging him to take that outside shot — he hit 32 percent of his shots from 16 feet to the arc, 25.5 percent from beyond it.
But watch the video below. That would be Evans draining three after three after three.
He’s not bringing the ball behind his head and his shooting arm looks to be a lot more straight up and down. I’d like to see his form when he’s shooting off the dribble to see if it stays true to what we see here. But in terms of sheer structure of his jumper, this is a big step forward in making him a complete offensive force.
If Evans really has developed a consistent jumper, Sacramento just got a whole lot better. And NBA defenders should be worried.
Dion Waiters explains decision to sign with the Heat in an Instagram post
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
Report: Celtics sign second-round pick Demetrius Jackson to four-year deal
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Sources: Boston Celtics have signed second-round pick Demetrius Jackson to a four-year, $5.5 million deal. The fourth year is a team option.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
Hawks sign former Michigan State center Matt Costello