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NBA Offseason: 2013-14 Top 5 Sixth Man of the Year Candidates

By Bryson Jones
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4. Tyreke Evans/Al-Farouq Aminu

Tyreke Evans being introduced as a New Orleans Pelican

Evans 2012-13 stats: 15.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 3.5 APG, 47.8 FG%, 33.8 3P%, 18.16 PER

Aminu 2012-13 stats: 7.3 PPG, 7.7 RBG, 1.4 APG, 47.5 FG%, 21.1 3P%

 With shooting guard Eric Gordon and newly acquired point guard Jrue Holliday, Tyreke Evans finds himself in a somewhat new situation.  He will go from being the (if you want to call him this) franchise player of the Sacramento Kings to likely being a 6th man for the New Orleans Pelicans.  There really is no book on Evans as far as knowing what type of player he is.  Last year in Sacramento, the team had another down year, and missed the playoffs despite having players such as Evans and Demarcus Cousins on the roster.  I have Evans at no. 4 because I believe that he will definitely show a different side of his game this season, and help lead the Pelicans to a respectable record.  Also,with the acquisition of an All-Star in Holliday, and Gordon to go along with Anthony Davis, don’t knock the Pelicans out just yet.

April 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; New Orleans Hornets small forward Al-Farouq Aminu (0) looks on during the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Hornets 98-88. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Al-Farouq Aminu is a player not ideally mentioned when it comes to the Pelicans’ roster.  However, the 6’9 forward out of Wake Forest University is a very formidable player in this league.  A small forward who can run the floor, finish at the rim, defend and knock down the occasional jump shot is something that not every team in this league has.  While he still has a lot of improvement to do with the acquisition of Evans and Holliday, Aminu’s minutes might drop heavily this season.  Once a starter for a dismal New Orleans team, Aminu finds himself in a position to possibly play a different role on his team.  While Evans is a little short for the small forward position, it is not far-fetched to think that Evans will likely start for the Pelicans next season.   That would call for Aminu to come off the bench and provide a much needed spark for the Pelicans.  Aminu is a player that must be respected when he is on the basketball court, and the 6th man watch could be out for him.