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Draft Prospectus: Jawun Evans

Draft Prospectus: Jawun Evans

With only a few days to go until the NBA Draft, we’re going to break down a few mock draft selections for the Thunder. We’ve already done six, Semi Ojeleye, Luke Kinnard, Terrance Ferguson, Harry Giles, Justin Jackson, OG AnunobyDerrick White, and TJ Leaf.We’re going to break down a couple more. Stay with us as the NBA season ends and the NBA offseason ramps up.

Who: Jawun Evans
Position: Point Guard
Class: Sophomore
Age: 20
Where: Oklahoma State
Ht: 6-foot-1
Wt: 177 lbs.

Oklahoma State’s Jawun Evans is one of the more intriguing names in the coming draft. He’s a scoring point guard who left school early, though many didn’t know where he would end up.

Evans led OSU to an 19-13 season with a first-round exit in the NCAA Tournament to Michigan. Evans averaged 19 points in 29 minutes, along with dishing out 6.5 assists a night. Evans can control the game offensively with his scoring ability and quick decision making with the ball.

That is where the Oklahoma City Thunder come in.

Strengths

Evans can get into the lane with ease. He is strong in the pick-and-roll game and can control the offense with ease.

He gets into space with a creative change of pace and impressive quickness toward the basket to torch the defense, and Evans should quickly make the transition to a NBA-style offense as he led the most efficient offense in the country last season.

Evans can score with the best of them. Whether its at the rim or from three, Evans’ scoring ability is one of the best available in this draft. He’s also successful at getting to the line, averaging 7.9 attempts per 40 minutes last season.

Weaknesses

Evans is a tough-minded defender but may have problem defending bigger and quicker point guards in the league. He’s slow on his feet and his lateral movement isn’t great, but it can be developed. Opponents can shoot over Evans quite easily. He has a 6-foot-5 1/2 wingspan and a work ethic that’s on par with Russell Westbrook, but Evans’ ability as a defender will be tested early in the NBA.

Sometimes, Evans can get ball happy and force shots in the paint. As good as Evans is in the lane, sometimes he gets tunnel vision and will force shots and miss passing to the open man, but it doesn’t happen often, as former OSU coach Brad Underwood helped Evans continue to develop his craft.

Overall

Evans is NBA ready. He has the potential to be a sixth man of the year candidate every year in the league. If he develops, he has the potential to start somewhere in the league.

The Thunder would draft Evans for his ability as a backup to Westbrook. Evans could be the solution to the Thunder’s backup point guard problem.

Evans worked out for the Thunder a couple weeks ago, and Thursday night he may hear his name called to play about an hour from his college home.

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