When Washington drew the third overall pick, it shut the door on the possibility of having Anthony Davis come to D.C. It also gave the team a lot of options, and Evans isn’t convinced that Davis is the player that he’s been hyped up to be.
“I think that we’re in a better position having gotten the third pick, than had we gotten the first pick. I think Anthony Davis is a great player. I don’t think he’s gonna be the player that’s gonna, you know, be the player the most impactful in a franchise,” Evans said during an interview on 106.7 The Fan.
“I think it would have been great had he come to us, but I don’t think he’s going to be, like, a franchise player so that’s gonna put a GM in a tough position to go pick Anthony Davis because he is number one. I think New Orleans needs more of an impact player, like a Kobe Bryant type player and I don’t foresee Anthony Davis being that player. I think defensively he’s a gem. He’s going to able to alter a lot of shots and do a lot of things, but I don’t think he’s going to be able to go out and get you 25 points a night, like what they’re gonna need.
“As far as for number three, it would be a great pick if they picked Thomas Robinson, given that he’s from the area, he’s very mature for his age and it seems like he’s ready to contribute right away.”
“In all fairness, I can’t let JaVale or Nick Young, or even Andray Blatche, take all the onus for just the immaturity and all our shortcomings. It was just collective that, you know, obviously not to even point the finger at Gilbert Arenas, but it was just a year and a half ago that he was there and a lot of the immature things that he had done had really left us in a bad way. So guys weren’t being held accountable and, frankly, guys just weren’t taking it very seriously. And so finally through the last two years that I’ve been here, after the trade and then this year, I feel like I haven’t really been here a full year given a shortened season, but it’s been major changes.
“Guys, especially bringing in Nene in there, you’ve got Jordan Crawford who’s had to grow up right before our eyes, even though he’s super talented. Mentally, those guys are maturing. John Wall is maturing. You see the rookies that we had come in an contribute and be able to become viable NBA players at the end of the year. That’s what you need. You need guys that hold each other accountable. You need players that are going to be accountable to each other, regardless of the coach. And Randy [Wittman] did a great job coming in, you got Ernie [Grunfeld], all those guys. They really did a good job in cleaning up that mess that was there.”