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    Default Pistons Sign Evans - Is this a bench upgrade or not?

    Well, one of the major criticisms of Detroit after 04 was that they cleaned house on thier bench, and what guys they did have LB didnt' like to play.

    Read the article and tell me what you think. Is Evans an asset?


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    Pistons sign Evans to three-year contract

    Maurice Evans signed with the Detroit Pistons and is expected to provide depth behind starting small forward Tayshaun Prince and shooting guard Richard Hamilton.

    "Maurice is the kind of player we think is going to fit in with our team and our culture," president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said Saturday. "Maurice brings a really strong competitive streak with him and can play two positions for us."

    Detroit signed Evans on Friday, nine days after they extended an offer sheet to the 6-foot-5 Sacramento swingman. The Kings needed to match the three-year contract worth about $4.5 million to retain the restricted free agent, but they weren't expected to after signing Shareef Abdur-Rahim earlier this month.

    Evans, a solid defender, averaged 6.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 19 minutes in 65 games, including 11 starts. He made similar contributions in the playoffs last season with the Kings.

    This offseason, the Pistons were interested in signing free agent Michael Finley and briefly considered adding free agent Latrell Sprewell. But Finley made it clear he didn't want to play for the Pistons before signing with San Antonio, and they decided to not sign Sprewell.

    Evans began his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2001-02 season, playing 10 games for Detroit coach Flip Saunders. After that brief stint in the NBA, he played in Europe before making Sacramento's roster last season.

    The Pistons signed the 26-year-old Evans to an offer sheet one day after signing Dale Davis to a two-year, $7 million contract. They used part of their mid-level exception to sign Davis, keeping money available for Evans.

    "We like the fact that he is young, athletic and ready to step on the floor and help us immediately," Dumars said.

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    Default Re: Pistons Sign Evans - Is this a bench upgrade or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by btowncolt
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    'waits for Kstat to explain why Evans will be the greatest signing in the history of professional sports'


    Well, he kicked prince's *** last year .....

    Mo is a quality backup SF in the NBA, which is something we DIDN'T have last year. So in that respect, he's an upgrade over nothing, which is what we had behind him last year. He allows prince to actually REST for once.

    We're a better team with him if only because Prince will log 5-10 fewer minutes per game, which will make him fresher at the end of games and the end of the season. Prince last year really ran out of gas by April, after having a terriffic start to the season.

    He isn't the outside shooter I wanted, but he's another tough athletic defender/rebounder we can throw out there, and you can never have too many of those. Looking at his dramatic improvement last year, I think all that time spent in Europe really helped him develop into a solid pro.

    I'm %99.9 certain Flip will use a 10-man rotation next year.

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    Default Re: Pistons Sign Evans - Is this a bench upgrade or not?

    It's an upgrade simply because there will be no temptation to sign Spree.

    I'm bummed. I really hoped that would work out for them.

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    Default Re: Pistons Sign Evans - Is this a bench upgrade or not?

    It's an upgrade, but not a huge one.
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    Default Re: Pistons Sign Evans - Is this a bench upgrade or not?

    Thats a decent pickup, but not great.

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    Not really that great hes gonna play behind Prince and more i believe.

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    Default Re: Pistons Sign Evans - Is this a bench upgrade or not?

    It's a quality signing, but certainly nothing that strikes fear in the hearts of men.
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    The biggest bench upgrade this year is Flip Saunders. He will actually play them. Evans and Delfino will be 2 solid backup swingmen. If Delfino can stay healthy he will make a huge contribution this year, and Mo Evans will help in guarding those guys like Wade and Ginobili that Tayshaun doesn't matchup well with. Plus, Tayshaun will get some rest so he won't be worthless by the end of the season.

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    Default Re: Pistons Sign Evans - Is this a bench upgrade or not?

    It's good. I like it. It adds some depth. It's just not BIG enough to worry me.

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    Yes the Pacers are packed at the sf postion right now in Artest and Granger Artest alone will play 40 mpg.

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    Default Re: Pistons Sign Evans - Is this a bench upgrade or not?

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    The biggest bench upgrade this year is Flip Saunders. He will actually play them. Evans and Delfino will be 2 solid backup swingmen. If Delfino can stay healthy he will make a huge contribution this year, and Mo Evans will help in guarding those guys like Wade and Ginobili that Tayshaun doesn't matchup well with. Plus, Tayshaun will get some rest so he won't be worthless by the end of the season.
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    Thanks

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    Default Re: Pistons Sign Evans - Is this a bench upgrade or not?

    .....and the list of 2006 ROY candidates begins to take shape.....

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    Maurice Evans......
    Horrible starter.
    Mediocre backup.
    Solid 3rd stringer.
    Fantastic towel boy.

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    Default Re: Pistons Sign Evans - Is this a bench upgrade or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Naptown Seth
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    Maurice Evans......
    Horrible starter.
    Mediocre backup.
    Solid 3rd stringer.
    Fantastic towel boy.
    Shows how much you were watching the Kings last season....

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    It's a good pick up.

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