Jacob Evans III has been upgraded to “questionable” for tomorrow night’s game between the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls. The Warriors announced the news at Thursday’s practice in Chicago.
Jacob Evans (hip) is questionable for tomorrow's game against the Bulls.— Wes Goldberg (@wcgoldberg) December 5, 2019
A return would be important, both for the player and the team. The 28th-overall pick a year ago, Evans hasn’t played since suffering an injury just three minutes into the third game of the year, back on October 28.
But he was off to a good start to the season, and was one of the only bright spots in the Warriors opening night dismantling at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers. Evans had 14 points and 4 rebounds in that game, while shooting 4-6 from beyond the arc. It was arguably his best game as a pro.
An adductor strain has kept him sidelined for nearly one and a half months, so it’s safe to say he’s looking forward to getting back on the court and continuing his development.
And the Warriors are looking forward to it as well. If Evans returns tomorrow, the team will have 12 healthy players; that’s a far cry from the league minimum of 8 players that the were dressing just a few games ago.
Evans will surely slide right back into the rotation, which may force struggling rookie Jordan Poole out of the rotation entirely. That comes at a rough time for Poole, who is 0-16 in the Warriors last three games.
The return of Evans, along with D’Angelo Russell - who returned from a nine-game absence on Wednesday - also gives the Warriors a lot of depth at the point guard position. That means they could potentially send Ky Bowman to Santa Cruz to preserve some of the days on his two-way contract. We’ll see.
Either way, welcome back, Jacob.