Editor's note: This article is part of a continuing series in which Insider Bill Herenda highlights a different Kings player every day leading up to the 2014-15 season opener on Oct. 29
Contract status: Under contract through end of 2014-15 season. Acquired on February 19, 2014 along with Jason Terry from Brooklyn in exchange for Marcus Thornton.
2013-14 in review: Splitting the season between Brooklyn and Sacramento, Evans averaged 6.2 rebounds per game and 4 points per game -- a model of consistency relative to his career averages of 7.2 rebounds per game and 4.1 points per game. The former Iowa Hawkeye’s production with Sacramento was slightly higher at 5.5 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game in 24 games, including 12 starts and an average of 20.8 minutes per game.
2014-15 outlook: Entering his 13th NBA season, the tireless Evans, who along with Jason Thompson, was called “Co-MVPs” of early training camp by coach Michael Malone is in a battle for minutes with Thompson, Carl Landry and rookie Eric Moreland.
Sacramento’s poor defense of recent years should benefit from a full campaign of Evans’s tenacity as a rebounder, defender and overall toughness.
Undrafted out of college, Evans has appeared in the playoffs in six of his 12 NBA seasons and brings the knowledge of what it takes to win in the league to a young Kings' locker room.
The most visible example of Evans’ leadership may be his Instagram photo of the goal of just five technical fouls hanging in DeMarcus Cousins’ locker.
His mentorship of Cousins, who tied for a league-high 16 technical fouls last season with Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant, may prove as valuable to the Kings as anything Evans produces on the floor this season.
C Sim Bhullar
G Deonte Burton
F Omri Casspi
G Darren Collison
C DeMarcus Cousins
F Reggie Evans
F Rudy Gay
C Ryan Hollins
G Trey Johnson
F Carl Landry
F Eric Moreland
G Ramon Sessions
F David Wear
F Derrick Williams