With injuries hampering their season, the Golden State Warriors have had a carousel of guards available each game this season.
On Monday, the Warriors will have one of their young guards back. Per The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, second-year player Jacob Evans is available for the Warriors’ game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Evans has missed the past 21 games with an adductor strain.
According to Slater, Warriors guard Damion Lee will be out with a broken hand injury. Lee has missed the past 13 games.
Evans has played three games this season, averaging a career-high 6.0 points and shooting a career-high 41.7% from the field. Before his injury, Evans was earning the most minutes of his career to date (14.3), and he had showed potential as a serviceable backup point guard.
In the season opener, Evans scored a career-high 14 points off the bench during the Warriors’ loss against the Los Angeles Clippers. He also made a career-high four 3-pointers.
Since Evans went out of the lineup, though, the Warriors’ guard rotation has been in flux. Steph Curry is out with a broken left hand injury. D’Angelo Russell has had an ankle sprain and thumb sprain; he’s played in 12 games.
With injuries being a major factor this season, rookie guards Ky Bowman and Jordan Poole have both started at least six games, and each of them have played 24.
This season, Evans is shooting 50% from the 3-point line on 2.7 attempts. Going forward, Evans, 22, has the potential to be a key player for Golden State because of his shooting touch.