24 Games With Mo Evans In A Lockout-Shortened Season: No Fresh Fish | Truth About It.net

24 Games With Mo Evans In A Lockout-Shortened Season: No Fresh Fish

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Updated: June 11, 2012

[NOTE: Truth About It.net 2011-12 Player Reviews continue (yes, there are more), where we take a look at the past, present and future of those players who have touched the Wizards franchise during the 2011-12 lockout-shortened season. Now, we take a look at Mr. 'Down With Derek Fisher' himself. That's right...  Maurice "Mo" Evans. TAI's Adam McGinnis and Kyle Weidie take a look at the grizzled vet's lockout-shortened season. —Kyle W.]

Player Review Index:  Morris Almond (we’d like to)  |  Andray Blatche  |  Trevor Booker  |  Brian Cook (maybe)  |  Jordan Crawford  |  Maurice Evans  |  Rashard Lewis  |  Shelvin Mack  |  Cartier Martin  |  Roger Mason Jr.  |  JaVale McGee  |  Nenê  |  Kevin Seraphin (coming soon)  |  Chris Singleton  |  James Singleton  |  Ronny Turiaf (meh)  |  Edwin Ubiles (we’ll see)  |  Jan Vesely  |  John Wall  |  Nick Young

Mo Evans: DC Council Ratings

In 24 games off the bench, Evans earned a grand total of 12 bench stars, which is about the same rate at which Kevin Seraphin earned 18 bench stars in his 36 games off the bench. (Seraphin starting? Another story.)

Mo’s top games: Game 34 at the Bucks (119-118 loss), Game 61 at the Bulls (87-84 win), and Game 66 versus the Heat (104-70 win).

PAST

Are we sure Mo Evans knew what he was getting into? With the lockout squashed and teams rushing to sign free agents for the shortened season, it was rumored that the New York Knicks were willing to offer their full $2.5 million exception to Evans. Instead, he signed for the minimum with the Washington Wizards, earning just under $1.3 million (with the Wizards only on the hook for about $850K of that, via Sham Sports); New York eventually spent the money on J.R. Smith.

Maybe the Knicks knew something. By the time Evans arrived into Washington’s camp, his knee was not in good shape. Possibly a result of hours upon hours of negotiations as a vice president of the NBPA; Evans faced knee drainings, MRIs and many of the same feelings he had before a previous knee surgery, one he had in the summer of 2010 as an Atlanta Hawk.

Why was Evans in D.C. again? Perhaps loyalty to his first NBA coach, Flip Saunders? Opportunity? Familiarity? It didn’t take long before Evans started seeing the signs of a bad situation.

“Last year we finished with a lot of momentum, and I had high hopes coming into this season. And unfortunately it didn’t go the way we had hoped. We were in disarray from the moment I got here, from the moment I stepped off the plane and seen we were getting blown out by Philly in the preseason, it just wasn’t looking good.”

These were Evans’ words after the last game of the season, the one that capped a six-game, season-ending winning streak. He concluded: “I’m happy to say that it’s [now] the total opposite. We finished with momentum, we finished with a strong character team off the court.”

Evans missed the first 10 games of the season and saw just 18 total minutes of action over Washington’s first 24 games. After an 0-6 start, he was already saying that the sense of entitlement from his teammates was unlike he’d ever seen before. It ended a long way from that scene.

In his first 18 games, Evans’ per 36 minute averages: 10.7 points (38.7% FGs, 34.4% 3P), 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals. In those last six wins, Evans averaged 22.9 minutes per game with per 36 minute averages of 14.7 points (42% FGs, 43.8% 3P) with 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals.

Turning 34 in November, does Evans have one more run in his legs, or is it time for his playing career to sunset toward something else?

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

PRESENT

According to Basketball-Reference.com, the 34-year old Evans has never made more than $2.5 million over the course of an NBA season, a 9-year career (with stops in Greece and Italy for two seasons after his rookie season). Now the question is, will he make any money NBA next season. Mo can still knock down the outside shot (excelling at the corner three ball*), and he is still a competent if not serviceable defender. A common sports cliché on seldom-used veteran players is to laud their “leadership” or “wisdom” when in reality, it is just a nicer way to say that they are old.

Not the case with Evans. He’s brought visible positive mentoring to Washington’s younger players, especially Chris Singleton. With no lockout duties to worry about like last off-season, Evans definitely could use the summer to get his knees well-rested and himself into tiptop game shape.

[*Via Basketball-Reference.com: When the margin was five or fewer points, Mo Evans shot 8-for-19 from 3-point land; 7-for-14 of those came from the corners, 4-for-10 from the left corner, 3-for-4 from the right corner.]

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

FUTURE

The intangibles Evans brings to a pro roster gives him a chance to land a gig with the 2012-13 Wizards, although the team will look to make major upgrades to his position at the wing. It might come down to needing a veteran shooter as the 12th man.

Serving on the NBPA Executive committee, Evans gained negotiating experience in a high-stakes environment, and he could have a future as a sports agent or in a NBA front office (B.J. Armstrong is JaVale McGee’s agent, FWIW). His immediate focus will be consumed by the Derek Fisher/Billy Hunter feud and being a major player in determining who will lead the NBPA going forward. No one knows how this power struggle will shake out, but an ugly public fight between Fisher airing dirty laundry and Evans defending an unpopular Hunter could sully Mo’s standing moving forward.

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

AND NOW, A BRIEF MESSAGE…

FROM MAURICE “MO” EVANS……

ON THE 2011-12 WASHINGTON WIZARDS.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

GRADE MO EVANS

 


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