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Reggie Evans: Less Is More

It's time to take a look back on the 2008-2009 season, and assess how each player performed. More importantly, though, I want to pay close attention to how the pieces on this young team progressed. It's Reggie Evans' turn today. Stats, trends, highlights and lowlights after the jump.

The Stats

Best Game

I was tempted to pick a game where Reggie was DNPCD'd, but that wouldn't be fair. I'm going with his game against the Celts on Feb. 3rd (The Ray Allen game-winner). Reggie played 24 minutes, only attempted 3 field goals, grabbed 10 boards and really changed the game with his insane doubling.

Worst Game

Let's go with @ Toronto on April 12th. Reggie played 18 minutes and attempted 9 shots (shooting 3/9). One shot every two minutes is completely unacceptable.

Overall Thoughts

We've talked about Reggie Evans myth before, but let's just lay it all out there right now. Myth: Reggie Evans is a monster on the boards. While this was true when he played in Denver, since coming to the Sixers his rebounding numbers, especially his defensive rebounding numbers, have been maybe above average, but far from dominant. In fact, the team's defensive rebounding suffers when Reggie is on the floor, mainly because you rarely find Reggie anywhere near the basket when he's playing defense. Reggie's only strength is his ability to disrupt offenses on the perimeter with super-aggressive double teams and traps. He's very bad at guarding bigs in the post, he rarely even tries. He doesn't block shots, he doesn't take charges. He can basically be negated altogether with quick passes out of doubles and good ball movement.

Reggie hustles, Reggie tries to intimidate, Reggie plays physical. These are all things the crowd can get behind. Things that can rattle opposing teams, occasionally. They're also things you could probably get from any number of players in the D-League right now. Reggie is an end-of-the-bench bruiser who should never, ever see even close to 1,000 minutes in a season for a playoff team. The best thing I can say about the Sixers this season in regards to Reggie is that they nearly halved his minutes. If they can cut them in half again next season, then we might be getting somewhere. Bring him in to disrupt the flow of a team who's clicking on offense for five minute spurts and he can be useful.

That's the ideal use for Reggie. Now, tell me if you think a guy to play that role is worth $10M over the next two seasons. Right, that's why it's highly unlikely Reggie's going anywhere this season. As with Dalembert and Willie, the longer you hold on to Reggie, the more valuable he becomes as an expiring contract.
by Brian on May 23 2009
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