Clippers Pick Jawun Evans 39th Overall in NBA Draft, Trade Cash to 76ers

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2017

WICHITA, KS - DECEMBER 17:  Guard Jawun Evans #1 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys dribbles up court against the Wichita State Shockers during the first half on December 17, 2016 at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas.  (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
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Jawun Evans' NBA draft journey reached its conclusion Thursday when the Los Angeles Clippers acquired his draft rights after the Philadelphia 76ers selected the former Oklahoma State Cowboys point guard 39th overall in the second round at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York

Although he wasn't considered one of the top prospects in a draft loaded with elite guard talent, Evans was among the most lethal scorers and playmakers the college game had to offer last season.

Here's the reaction from social media to the Clippers adding a scoring point guard to the mix:

In 32 appearances for the Cowboys during the 2016-17 campaign, the 6'0'' floor general averaged 19.2 points and 6.4 assists while shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from three. 

The 20-year-old put all of his scoring prowess on display in the NCAA tournament when he nearly willed the Cowboys to an upset win over the Michigan Wolverines as he dropped 23 points in a thriller that highlighted his next-level handle and isolation savvy: 

"I think I’m overlooked a lot because of my height, but I can do the same things that the 'top guards' – the guards projected ahead of me – can do," Evans told HoopsHype's Alex Kennedy. "I’ve been going against taller guards my whole life. When I was a kid, I always played against older competition. That’s never slowed me down."

But as Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman noted, Evans still has some work to do when it comes to finishing in traffic: 

To that point, Evans made just 50.4 percent of his shots at the rim as a sophomore, which was a concerning mark considering nearly half (48.1 percent) of his total field-goal attempts came from point-blank range, per Hoop-Math.com

If Evans can remedy those woes at the next level and continue to hone a three-point stroke that found the twine at a 40.7 percent over the course of two years at Oklahoma State, he could evolve into a quality microwave scorer in the mold of Lou Williams. 

The Clippers are facing key roster decisions this offseason, notably trying to re-sign Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Evans doesn't have to be an instant impact player for the team if Paul comes back, but he can be a good development option for head coach Doc Rivers to work with.