EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Reggie Evans was first introduced to the media following his sign-and-trade with the Clippers, he left no bones about his intentions on the offensive end.
“I ain’t trying to score,” he said in July.
But now, Evans is understanding that line of thought may have to change, particularly with him in the starting lineup. Although he viewed things in a different light offensively in his previous stops, he knows it might be time to adapt a new mentality with the Nets.
“There have been no complaints at all as far as me in the past with other teams,” Evans told Newsday after practice at the PNY Center Monday, “because people thrived and were like, ‘With you, I’ve got an 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.”
Teams simply aren’t worried about Evans on the offensive end, and whenever he seems to put up a shot lately, it’s getting blocked. He’s had 22 percent of his 150 field goal attempts swatted season, which he believes stems from him not diversifying his play or moves enough.
All but 11 of his 150 shots have come from directly in the paint, but he’s only connected on 64 of those 139 attempts. The opposition just isn’t respecting him offensively, at times forcing the Nets to virtually play four against five.
“You’ve still got to play me. You’ve still got to worry about me getting offensive rebounds and stuff like that,” Evans said. “But things are different, you know, 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.”
Overall, the Nets aren’t getting enough offensive production from the power forward spot and that’s partly a reason why P.J. Carlesimo is thinking about using a combination of Andray Blatche and Brook Lopez more, something that’s been utilized nine times this season.
Of course, if Carlesimo elects to use that tandem more, it means Lopez and Blatche will have to pick up the slack in the rebounding department given that’s Evans’ specialty and one of the main reasons Carlesimo has stuck with him in the starting lineup ever since Avery Johnson first went with him prior to getting fired in December.
Blatche, though, indicated that wouldn’t be an issue.
“That will get done,” he said with a laugh. “That’s all I can tell you.”