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2017 NBA Draft: Sixers draft Jawun Evans at No. 39, trade him to Los Angeles Clippers

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The Sixers have selected Oklahoma State point guard Jawun Evans with the 39th overall pick, and will be trading him to the Los Angeles Clippers, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.

Evans, who measured in at just under 6 feet at the Combine and weighed in at 185 pounds, averaged 19.2 points and 6.4 assists during his sophomore season with the Cowboys. He was named to the Big 12 All-Conference Team

Draft Express ranked him as the 29th best prospect in the class of 2017, but mocked him at the 41st pick in the draft.

Josh Riddell of Draft Express had this to say about the 20-year-old:

Oklahoma State ran a pick and roll heavy offense with 56.3% of Evans' total derived offensive possessions (which includes shots, passes, fouls drawn, and turnovers) ending as the pick and roll ball handler according to Synergy Sports Technology. He showed that he is comfortable attacking the ball screen in a variety of ways, whether by rejecting the screen to get into the lane or forcing a switch to attack a big man off the dribble. He gets into space with a creative change of pace and impressive downhill quickness to bend the defense, and he should be able to seamlessly make the transition to a NBA style offense as he led the most efficient offense in the country primarily through his pick and roll attack.


Never one to back down from a challenge, Evans will hope to join a list of six foot and under point guards who heard their name called on draft night including Tyler Ulis, Kay Felder, Isaiah Thomas, andShane Larkin among others.

These types of players have an uphill to make an impact at the next level, but there is a strong precedent for success that Evans will be looking to replicate. Evans' intangibles will go a long way in helping him, as he's universally lauded for his character and work ethic, which is often the difference maker in players in his mold.

TNT’s David Aldridge is reporting the Sixers will be receiving cash considerations for Evans.

The Vertical’s Bobby Marks notes that the Sixers have already acquired $3.4 million in two trades with Cleveland and Utah, and because the max amount a team can receive is $3.5 million, it looks as though Philadelphia was only able to sell the rights to Evans for $100,000.

That figure is not yet confirmed, but it’s unfortunate that the Sixers were able to move a highly touted prospect for such a small amount of money.

We’ll update this post with more information when it’s available.

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