By Hugo Kitano
Heading into the regular season, the Golden State Warriors lack wing depth, with Patrick McCaw holding out for a better contract and Andre Iguodala likely saving his body for the playoffs. The team’s first round pick, Jacob Evans, is expected to play major minutes at both wing positions.
An older rookie, Evans was lauded for his defense and versatile offensive game in the draft process. He’s a complementary player that is theoretically a good fit with the Warriors’ stars. If he can contribute on both ends, he’s somebody that could play significant minutes in a playoff series against an elite team like the Houston Rockets.
But so far, Evans has struggled in preseason. It’s just preseason, but it already looks like he doesn’t have much confidence in his offense. In a small sample size, he’s shooting 23.5% from the field, and hasn’t made a three. Since he isn’t a shot creator offensively, he’ll need to be able to space the floor to avoid being invisible on that end.
On the plus side, he has shown some flashes with his ballhandling, and his defense looks solid....