The New Orleans Pelicans' start to the 2015-16 season has been an abject disaster so far. They've been struggling to find enough healthy bodies to have a decent rotation, and the 3-11 start (especially after starting 1-11) has put them in a historical hole that will be extremely difficult to escape from. Maybe the toughest player absence for them to deal with outside of Anthony Davis has been Tyreke Evans.
The good news for the Pelicans is it looks like Evans' return is right around the corner. Pelicans' coach Alvin Gentry told reporters on Tuesday that Evans felt some pain in his right knee, but is a game-time decision Wednesday night when the Pelicans visit the Phoenix Suns.
According to Evans, the latest he'd come back to the Pelicans on the court will be next Tuesday when the Pelicans host the Memphis Grizzlies.
Back in late October, Evans had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, which was his second operation on the knee following a procedure in May after the Pelicans' playoff appearance. At the time, Evans was expected to miss six-to-eight weeks and the full timetable would have put him back on the court in the early part of December. Instead, Evans seems to be coming back on the earlier side of that time frame, which is greatly needed by the Pelicans.
Last season, Evans was a huge part of transforming the Pelicans' offense into the ninth-best offense in the league and often had a very good on-court chemistry with Davis for most of the game. With Davis and Evans on the court together, the Pelicans scored 108.3 points per 100 possessions. Evans had probably his best all-around season of his career with 16.6 points, 6.6 assists, and 5.3 rebounds per game.