Kings Try 4-on-5 Defense Against Nets, Reggie Evans Botches Open Dunk


 
Back in October, Zach Lowe of Grantland dropped a hilarious tidbit about Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and his interest in possibly deploying a 4-on-5 defense:

Owner Vivek Ranadivé has pitched the idea to the team’s brain trust of playing 4-on-5 defense and leaving one player to cherry-pick, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. The Kings aren’t actually going to do that, but their D-League might, and it shows Ranadivé is committed to pushing boundaries in his search for an offbeat brand of “position-less” ball.

Sounded stupid then, and it was definitely still idiotic when Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski mentioned the cherry-pick defense would be used in some form under Tyrone Corbin (after Mike Malone’s unneeded ouster).
Now despite this being an awful idea, I still hoped to see how this would play out in real life. That hope came to fruition Monday night when Reggie Evans benched himself after a Kings turnover, returned after his teammates forced a miss shot and botched a wide-open dunk:
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Sure, Evans missed the dunk, but it almost worked!! Hopefully this encourages the Kings to use this more often as the season progresses.
Sidenote: I’m totally not surprised the Nets couldn’t score against four defenders. 
And in case you were wondering about the legality of returning to the field of play after going to the bench:

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