Evan Mehdi Fournier (born 29 October 1992)[1] is a French professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played junior basketball at the French INSEP academy from 2007 to 2009.[2]

Evan Fournier
EuroBasket 2017 France vs Finland 17.jpg
Fournier with France in 2017
No. 10 – Orlando Magic
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1992-10-29) 29 October 1992 (age 26)
Saint-Maurice, France
NationalityFrench
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolINSEP (Paris, France)
NBA draft2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career2009–present
Career history
2009–2010JSF Nanterre
2010–2012Poitiers Basket 86
20122014Denver Nuggets
2014–presentOrlando Magic
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Early lifeEdit

Fournier was born on 29 October 1992, in Saint-Maurice, a small suburb outside of Paris. He became interested in basketball in 2002, thanks to the 2001–02 Sacramento Kings team that was defeated in the Conference Finals by the Los Angeles Lakers. Fournier wears the number 10 on his jersey in honor of then-Sacramento King, Mike Bibby.[3]

Professional careerEdit

France (2009–2012)Edit

In September 2009, Fournier signed a one-year deal with JSF Nanterre of the LNB Pro B. In June 2010, he signed a two-year deal Poitiers Basket 86 of the LNB Pro A.[4]

Denver Nuggets (2012–2014)Edit

On 28 June 2012, Fournier was selected with the 20th overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 2012 NBA draft.[5] On 11 July 2012, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Nuggets.[6] He then joined the Nuggets for the 2012 NBA Summer League. Over the Nuggets' first 73 games of the 2012–13 season, Fournier had appeared in just 29 of them and while registering 10 points or more just once. He appeared in nine straight games to finish the regular season, including starting the final three. During this late-season stretch, he averaged 12.3 points and scored 17 points or more four games, including a season-best 24 points on 14 April 2013.[7]

In July 2013, Fournier re-joined the Nuggets for the 2013 NBA Summer League.[8] On 30 October 2013, the Nuggets exercised their third-year team option on Fournier's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2014–15 season.[9] On 23 February 2014, Fournier scored a then career-high 27 points against the Sacramento Kings.[10]

Orlando Magic (2014–present)Edit

 
Fournier going up against Marcin Gortat in 2017

On 26 June 2014, Fournier was traded, along with the draft rights to Devyn Marble, to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Arron Afflalo.[11] On 26 October 2013, the Magic exercised their fourth-year team option on Fournier's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2015–16 season.[12] On 12 November 2014, Fournier scored a then career-high 28 points on 8-of-14 shooting in a 97–95 win over the New York Knicks.[13]

On 3 November 2015, Fournier set a new career high with 30 points in a 103–94 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.[14] On 15 March 2016, Fournier matched his career high with a 30-point effort against the Denver Nuggets.[15] In 2015–16, Fournier had a career year in which he averaged personal highs in scoring (15.4 ppg), rebounding (2.8 rpg), assists (2.7 apg), steals (1.2 spg) and minutes (32.5 mpg). He led the team in scoring 19 times, had 24 20-point games and two 30-point games.[16]

On 7 July 2016, Fournier re-signed with the Magic on a five-year, $85 million contract.[17][18] On 3 November 2016, he scored a season-high 29 points against the Sacramento Kings.[19]

On 16 January 2018, Fournier scored a career-high 28 points plus 4 in a 108–102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[20] On 7 March 2018 against the Los Angeles Lakers, Fournier sprained his left medial collateral ligament.[21] He was subsequently ruled out for "a significant stretch of time".[22]

NBA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Denver 38 4 11.3 .493 .407 .769 .9 1.2 .5 .0 5.3
2013–14 Denver 76 4 19.8 .419 .376 .756 2.7 1.5 .4 .1 8.4
2014–15 Orlando 58 32 28.6 .440 .378 .728 2.6 2.1 .7 .0 12.0
2015–16 Orlando 79 71 32.5 .462 .400 .836 2.8 2.7 1.2 .0 15.4
2016–17 Orlando 68 66 32.9 .439 .356 .805 3.1 3.0 1.0 .1 17.2
2017–18 Orlando 57 57 32.2 .459 .379 .867 3.2 2.9 .8 .3 17.8
2018–19 Orlando 81 81 31.5 .438 .340 .806 3.2 3.6 .9 .1 15.1
Career 457 315 28.0 .446 .371 .805 2.8 2.5 .8 .1 13.5

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013 Denver 4 4 13.3 .353 .000 .875 .0 1.0 .5 .0 4.8
2019 Orlando 5 5 35.0 .348 .235 .750 3.2 2.0 1.4 .0 12.4
Career 9 9 25.3 .349 .190 .813 1.8 1.6 1.0 .0 9.0

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fournier: "Autant africain que Batum et Diaw" (in French)
  2. ^ "Evan Fournier | EuroBasket 2013". Archived from the original on 29 August 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  3. ^ Conn, Jordan Ritter (28 June 2012). "Is the NBA Done Drafting International Players?". Grantland.com. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  4. ^ "ShamSports | Player Profile". data.shamsports.com. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  5. ^ Ziller, Tom (29 June 2012). "2012 NBA Draft Results: Evan Fournier Selected By Nuggets With No. 20 Pick". Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Denver Nuggets sign first-round draft pick Evan Fournier | Denver Nuggets". Denver Nuggets. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Evan Fournier 2012-13 Game Log | Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Denver Nuggets announce 2013 Summer League roster | Denver Nuggets". Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Denver Nuggets Exercise Options On Faried, Fournier | Denver Nuggets". Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Evan Fournier 2013-14 Game Log | Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Magic Trade Afflalo; Acquire Fournier and Marble | Orlando Magic". Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Magic Exercise Contract Options on Fournier, Harkless, Nicholson and Oladipo | Orlando Magic". Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  13. ^ Mahoney, Brian (12 November 2014). "Fournier's career-high 28 lead Magic over Knicks". NBA.com. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  14. ^ Martel, Brett (4 November 2015). "Fournier leads Magic past winless Pelicans, 103-94". NBA.com. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Fournier, Smith help Magic hold off Nuggets, 116-110". ESPN.com. 15 March 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Evan Fournier 2015-16 Game Log | Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Orlando Magic Re-Sign Evan Fournier | Orlando Magic". Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  18. ^ Robbins, Josh (7 July 2016). "Orlando Magic re-sign Evan Fournier". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  19. ^ "Evan Fournier 2016-17 Game Log | Basketball-Reference.com". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  20. ^ Denton, John (16 January 2018). "Postgame Report: Magic vs. Timberwolves". NBA.com. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  21. ^ Robbins, Josh (8 March 2018). "MRI shows Magic's Evan Fournier has sprained left MCL". orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  22. ^ Denton, John (9 March 2018). "Gordon, Fournier Recovering; Both Out vs. Kings". NBA.com. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  23. ^ "Fournier & France Win FIBA World Cup Bronze Medal". MagicBasketballOnline.com. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  24. ^ "FRANCE SUFFOCATE RUSSIA TO WIN BRONZE". FIBAEurope.com. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  25. ^ "SERBIA HOLD OFF FRANCE TO WIN TITLE". FIBAEurope.com. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  26. ^ Beeken, Walker (13 April 2011). "Nike Hoop Summit Scouting Reports: International Guards/Wings". DraftExpress.com. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  27. ^ a b "Trophées LNB: Kunter et Fournier récompensés". Sports.fr (in French). 14 May 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  28. ^ "MVP MIROTIC LEADS ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM". FIBAEurope.com. 24 July 2011. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  29. ^ "KANTER NAMED MVP". FIBAEurope.com. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2011.

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