In preparation for his fourth season in Sacramento, find out how Tyreke Evans has worked meticulously to improve his shooting touch.
Throughout the offseason, Tyreke Evans has been driven to strengthen his perimeter shot, knocking down hundreds of jumpers while striving to make his already dangerous offensive arsenal even harder to stop.
“(I’ll be) working on my game extra hard, trying to knock that midrange down, and after that, (move over) to the three-point shot,” said No. 13 following the 2011-12 campaign.
After hiring a professional shooting coach midway through last season, Evans immediately focused on improving his form and subsequently connected on 50.1 percent of his field goal attempts over the final 32 contests, demonstrating improved shot selection and a growing confidence in his outside accuracy.
True to his word and devoted to refining his pull-up game, Evans participated in private workouts held by Kings President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie for two weeks during the summer, while also rigorously training on his own at all hours and locations.
“I thought that Geoff Petrie really took a special interest in Tyreke because Tyreke really requested it during the offseason, and he’s continued to develop (his shot) – and it really looks good,” said Kings Director of Player Personnel Jerry Reynolds, revealing that in addition to his jumper improvement, the Memphis product has also worked on runners and floaters.
“I’ve watched several workouts, and the stroke looks better – particularly off-the-dribble – and that’s such a key.”
Evans recognizes that once opposing defenses are forced to respect his jumpshot, he’ll have more driving lanes to attack the basket – an area where he has exceled – while creating more space on the court for both himself and his teammates.
Just got done putting up shots so focused
— Tyreke Evans (@TyrekeEvans) July 26, 2012
Entering the prime of his career, the 23-year-old star embraces the challenge of bringing his game – and his squad – further than ever.
“Tyreke’s been working. I think he’s really focused – I really do,” said Petrie during an appearance on “The Grant Napear Show” on July 23. “He wants to get into that conversation of players at a higher level than where he’s been, so I think he’s going to come into camp ready to go.”
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