Posted: 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013
By Bryan M. Vance
The MACtion takeover of the NBA is just getting started. Late Saturday night it was announced that former Kent State forward Chris Evans has been added to the Sacramento Kings' Las Vegas Summer League roster.
Congrats to Chris Evans on getting selected to play for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Summer League! #GoFlashes— CoachSendy (@CoachSendy) June 30, 2013
Evans is the third former Mid-American Conference player to receive a summer League invite in the past two days joining former Ohio guard D.J. Cooper and former Akron center Zeke Marshall. Cooper and Marshall are both apart of the Philadelphia 76ers' Orlando Summer League roster. Cooper also is a part of the Golden State Warriors' Las Vegas Summer League roster.
Evans--a dynamite dunker--worked out with the Kings in early June, and seems to have impressed them enough for them to extend him an opportunity this summer in Las Vegas from July 12-22.
As a versatile small forward, he had a huge senior season for the Golden Flashes. He earned first-team All-MAC honors and posterized anyone who got in his way, including Marshall, the 2013 MAC Defensive Player of the Year, in arguably his best dunk of the year.
Sacramento is a bit of a mess right now after undergoing a battle to remain in the Golden State's capital, but had one of the best drafts, snagging guard Ben McLemore at No. 7 and guard Ray McCallum in the second round. They are in the market for an additional small forward though as backup forward James Johnson is likely out the door due to free agency, and the team hasn't gotten much production out of either John Salmons or Travis Outlaw at the position. The 6-foot-5 Evans could provide them some punch off the bench for Sacramento. He is a dynamic scorer, especially inside, and possess plus defensive rebounding skills.
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If Evans can impress the Kings' staff this summer during the 10-day Las Vegas Summer League, he could wind up making an NBA roster. More than likely though, Evans is looking at an opportunity to move onto the NBA D-League where he will get a chance to improve his skills while teams continue to scout him.