Wizards player review: Maurice Evans

Wizards player review: Maurice Evans
May 12, 2012, 2:28 am
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Don't be surprised to see Maurice Evans coaching basketball when his playing career is over. The veteran Wizards forward was a key veteran voice in the locker room as Washington made its nice run to close out the season with six straight wins.

Evans is a student of the game and has made it well known that he would like to still contribute in some way when his days are done -- which could be soon.

Evans played sparingly this past season, averaging 5 points and 1 rebound in about 9 minutes a game. Stuck behind rookie Chris Singleton and a healthy Rashard Lewis to start the season, Evans never got a chance to be a factor. In fact, Evans didn't see action until 10 games in to the regular season.

Evans' finest hour came in an upset win over Chicago in late April when he scored 14 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to help D.C. get the road victory.

In a stretch leading up to that Bulls game, Evans didn't play for 10 straight games, just sitting on the bench giving tips to younger players and waiting for his opportunity. When Evans got his shot, he made the most of it.

Evans closed out the season with a season-high 18 points in just 23 minutes in the season finale win against Miami. It was a nice way to go out if it was his last game in Washington.