The King of Sacramento talks Demarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans, Terrence Williams and Jimmer Fredette
Recently Sacramento Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie sat down to talk with the Sacramento Bee about Demarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans, Terrence Williams, Jimmer Fredette and a whole bunch of other crap.
I’ll just get to the good parts.
From The Sacramento Bee…
How did you see DeMarcus Cousins progress, especially considering how things went at the start of the season?
As somebody who would just be a junior in college, he’s basically a 20 (points)-and-10 (rebounds) player now, but he’s got areas where he can still improve a lot. But he made a lot of progress, staying on the court longer, and you can see the balance between shooting facing shots and doing things on the block. He still needs to figure out a way to finish a little better. Emotionally, he loves to play, and if he can continue to try to channel that emotion into the game, that will help him, too. There’s still just a tremendous amount of upside there.
What do you think about Tyreke Evans’ progression?
I thought he made progress this year, especially in terms of moving up to small forward, playing more at two guard at times. It’s interesting in terms of efficiency – his most efficient positions were at two (shooting guard) and three (small forward). But he really does have a chance to be a legitimate three-position player. Those types of players are really valuable. I think he’s committed to a summer of really trying to upgrade some of the weaknesses in his game. And with all that, he’s still averaging 17 points a game and improving. He’s running the court better. He’s started throwing the ball ahead better in transition. I think it was a season, even though nobody likes the losing, (that) opened up his eyes to other parts of the game and how he can be effective.
Did Terrence Williams surprise you with how he fit in?
I don’t think there was doubt about his talent because in college at Louisville he was close to a triple-double guy in a lot of games. He’s extremely athletic, and he’s got a pretty good basketball IQ. Obviously it did not work well in New Jersey or Houston, but (coach) Keith (Smart) and I, when we brought him in, just said, ‘You’re starting fresh, and that’s the way it’s going to be.’
Do you think expectations for Jimmer Fredette outside of the organization were too high coming out of BYU?
Wait I can answer that. YES. Ok, back to Pietre.
I do. He was so popular and so great the last two years there. But I thought he handled himself maturity-wise way beyond his years. I’m sure he wanted to play more, like everybody does. I think he recognized and kept trying to learn and play within the system as it currently exists. He’s a young man who’s committed to figuring it out. I don’t worry about his shooting too much. His rookie statistics are almost identical to Peja’s (Stojakovic). Points per game, field-goal percentage, three-point percentage, minutes per game. They’re almost the same. … Defensively, he needs to really focus on trying to square guys up better and figure out how to cut them off at the point of attack a little better. … I think he’s still … figuring it out.
So there you have it. Demarcus Cousins is awesome, former Calipari protege Tyreke Evans is getting better, Terrence Williams wasn’t prepared to play in the NBA by playing his college basketball at Louisville, and Jimmer Fredette sucks.
Just another day in Sacramento.