Nets power forward Reggie Evans considers altering his game
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Reggie Evans' boundaries were always so simple.
"Not go outside that lane," the Nets power forward said Monday.
Then Evans let out a deep sigh, one with the same kind of force that he uses to hone in on a rebound.
"It's been like that for years," said Evans, a 10-year veteran who's averaging 9.3 rebounds. "There have been no complaints at all as far as me in the past with other teams, because people thrived and were like, 'With you, I've got opportunities to shoot it.' So I see things are starting to be a little different. So I don't know. Maybe I do need to start shooting the ball."
Not necessarily jumpers. In other words, Evans admitted it's probably time to start altering his mentality and decision-making process so the Nets aren't seemingly playing four-on-five. He's become too predictable, as evidenced by getting rejected on 22 percent of his 150 shot attempts.
With interim coach P.J. Carlesimo planning on tightening his rotation from 11 to 10 or even fewer, the spotlight is shining squarely on the power forward position. Though Carlesimo declined to reveal specifics -- "It's a secret," he said with a smile -- there's no denying the Nets aren't getting adequate offensive production from the two players seeing the most minutes at the position.
Evans and Kris Humphries, who are averaging 8.9 points in their combined 41.1 minutes per game, could have their time cut in favor of Mirza Teletovic or possibly even Andray Blatche if he's paired more with Brook Lopez. For Evans, whose 46-percent showing on shots from within roughly 10 feet is 10.5 percent below the league average, it's imperative to find better and more consistent ways to cash in hustle plays, second-chance points and scoring opportunities.
"You've still got to worry about me getting offensive rebounds," Evans said, "but things are different now because I'm doing the same things over and over and over, compared to earlier in the season, when I may go to the middle and I may have a rotation pass to the corner or hit Joe [Johnson] for a pass or whatever.
"Now I'm just going under the basket every single time, so that's easy to scout. Instead of doing something different, I'm doing the same things over and over and over."
Blatche, of course, has a variety of moves, and the possibility of teaming with Lopez more frequently has him salivating.
"It's going to be easier for me," he said. "If Brook gets the ball, if they decide to double-team, that's when I go to an open spot and get my open jump shot going or just hit the glass. Playing with him makes my job a whole bunch easier because he takes so much attention.
"Imagine when Joe gets his 'iso' going. So who are they going to come off now? It just spreads the floor out so much."