Monday, March 4, 2013
Will Evans ever get a chance in Utah?
By Joe Kaiser
Slam dunk specialist Jeremy Evans enjoyed the best statistical game of his career in Utah's blowout win over Charlotte on Friday: 14 points and 9 rebounds in 26 minutes. Is this something Jazz fans can expect Evans to show more of in the years ahead?
Evans, second-round pick in 2010 out of Western Kentucky, is signed for two more seasons after this one at right around $1.6-$1.7 million per year. So there's a good chance that he'll remain on the roster in the years ahead, barring a trade.
Whether he takes on a much bigger role is the real question, though. The opportunity hasn't been there with the Jazz' solid four-man frontcourt of Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, which is definitely understandable. But we have to believe that could change next season if the Jazz do what some expect and go forward with Favors and Kanter as their starting frontcourt and let Jefferson and Millsap sign elsewhere.
"He’s always going to run the floor hard. Defensively, he’s a great presence there," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin tells the Deseret News of Evans. "I thought he was good on his man [against Charlotte], using the weight that he does have and the strength and keeping himself between his man and the basket. He can block shots on the weak side. I thought he was a huge boost for us."
Still, there's a decent chance Evans' role could remain unchanged next season. That's especially true if Utah signs one of their two big free agents-to-be and/or Marvin Williams exercises his $7.5 million player option to return to the Jazz in 2013-14.