Jacob Evans III hasn’t made much of an impact early in his NBA career. 11 games into his rookie campaign with the Golden State Warriors, Evans has played just 44 minutes, and scored a mere 4 points.
He hasn’t cracked the rotation, and has played almost exclusively in garbage time. And as a result, the Warriors have opted to assign the 28th pick to the G League, where he’ll join Golden State’s affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors. The team announced the move on their Twitter account.
Warriors assign Jacob Evans III to Santa Cruz pic.twitter.com/iRMeeYbvDK— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) November 6, 2018
This is a good move, as it will allow Evans to get some steady playing time, which is critical for a developing prospect. Instead of being stuck on the back of the bench and playing sporadically, Evans will get to start and play big minutes, which should increase his chances of playing a role on the team later in the season. He remains a good prospect with high upside.
The flip side is that it lowers the Warriors roster. Golden State only has 14 players on the roster, and one of those is DeMarcus Cousins. With Evans in Santa Cruz, the roster is effectively at 12, and that’s before you get to the lingering injury issues plaguing Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala.
It’s likely that the Warriors will combat this by using their two-way contracts. The G League season is officially underway, which means that any time that two-way contracts Damion Lee and Marcus Derrickson spend with Golden State go against their 45 available days of service time.
Even with that being the case, Lee was with the team during Monday’s victory against the Memphis Grizzlies, so it looks like the young guard will be providing depth while Evans is in Santa Cruz.
We’ll keep you updated on Evans’ progress in the G League.