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January 30, 2012
Tyreke Evans won't be your small forward

The story for Monday's newspaper is about Tyreke Evans and his work to become a better facilitator on offense under Keith Smart.

The debate over whether Evans is a point guard seems to have gone on even before the Kings drafted him in 2009.

Some have suggested Evans should be moved to small forward and force him to play off the ball.

Smart doesn't agree that is the best thing to do with with Evans.

"He can't play the three," Smart said after Sunday's practice. "That guy was born with a basketball in his hand - got to keep that thing in his hand. I've tried that one time and that doesn't work so I'm not going to go back to that one because he's not a small forward."

There are other reasons why Evans wouldn't make the best small forward on a regular basis.

Listed at 6-foot-6, Evans would struggle defending a lot of small forwards that are stronger than him. That would potentially keep Evans in foul trouble.

And Evans isn't a spot-up shooter, which he'd need to be in a lot of situations playing small forward.

The Kings will use Evans there in some situations, but don't expect Smart to move Evans and make his backcourt too small by starting any combination of Marcus Thornton, Jimmer Fredette and Isaiah Thomas.

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