Jawun Evans had himself a game on Friday night, scoring 22 points on 8-17 shooting as well as dishing out 8 assists. He played almost the entire contest (42 minutes), giving the Clippers’ coaching staff an extended look at his skills against NBA competition. The Lakers played their regular roster (albeit for limited minutes) minus Lonzo Ball, and Evans looked fantastic against real NBA players.
Coming out of Oklahoma State, Evans had a reputation as a complete point guard who could score as well as make plays for others. That was in effect Friday, as Jawun demonstrated his abilities to pass, score around the basket, and shoot. While he was a terrific college player, Evans’ translation to the NBA was questioned by some due to his size. Could he shoot over the length of NBA defenders? Will he be able to finish against 7 footers around the basket? Can he see over the defense and make the correct decisions in traffic? Well, it was only one preseason game (I know, I know), but Jawun showed all of those talents against the Lakers, and more.
Here is a video (curated by the Clippers) of Evans’ best plays Friday night. There are highlight finishes near the basket, high floaters arcing over rim protectors, and some gorgeous passes in the pick and roll. Hopefully we see more of this type of play by Jawun in the minutes he is able to play this season.