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Warriors assign Jacob Evans III to the G League

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Golden State’s first-round draft pick is headed to Santa Cruz.

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Rookie Jacob Evans III has not gotten many opportunities to develop on the court with the Golden State Warriors, so he’s headed somewhere where he’ll find more consistent playing time. With the team rounding into relatively decent health, they announced on Saturday that Evans has been assigned to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G League.

It’s a good opportunity for Evans to see steady court time, as he’s played in only 82 minutes this season, and has only played once in the last four games.

The 28th-overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft has proven to have some skills that could be valuable to the Warriors down the road, but it’s abundantly clear that he’s not yet ready to contribute at the NBA level. Getting some run in Santa Cruz could potentially jump start his development.

The Warriors likely would have preferred for Evans to have already had more time in the G League (he’s appeared in just two games there), but injuries to Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Alfonzo McKinnie, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston haven’t afforded them that luxury, until now.

For the year, Evans is averaging 0.5 points, 0.4 rebounds, and 0.6 assists in 4.5 minutes per game, across 18 games. He has struggled mightily with his shot, shooting 3-14 on twos, 1-4 on threes, and 0-1 on free throws.

We’ll keep you updated on his performance in Santa Cruz.