With free agency over and the Detroit Pistons trapped so far into cap hell that adding additional players or salary is practically unthinkable it’s time to start assessing the team as it is. And there is no place better to begin assessment during the dog days of summer than at the literal bottom — two-way player Keenan Evans.
That is no slight to Evans, he just happened not to be one of the 60 players drafted in June. He certainly has talent, though, and is an intriguing young prospect at Detroit’s biggest area of need — point guard.
Our SB Nation friends at Ridiculous Upside have tried to fill the Draft Express sized hole in our hearts with a quick video breakdown of Evans’ game. I watched approximately zero Texas Tech basketball and we were robbed of seeing Evans in Summer League as he was still rehabbing a foot injury so any additional insight is appreciated.
Of note is Evans’ blow by of top-5 draft pick Mo Bamba at Texas. The play, incidentally, was also featured in a great breakdown of Evans by our own Ryan Pravato. You should give that whole piece a read but here is a part that jumped out to me:
Sure, he’s got some shake and filthy hesitation to his game, but for the most part (based on what I’ve seen and what I’ve read) he’s looking to get inside and absorb contact. He’s a tough customer who uses his strong body to his advantage. He really finishes in a controlled fashion when attempting shots inside. I wouldn’t describe him as a flashy, athletic player, although his athleticism could be considered good to very good for the college level.
As I examine Evans’ game, and the addition of Glen Robinson III in free agency and Khyri Thomas and Bruce Brown in the draft, I notice they all have one thing in common — and it’s a feature the Pistons have been absent of for years — the ability to finish at the rim.
More on that concept a little later this offseason.