For the first time since 2014, an Oklahoma State player has been taken in the NBA Draft.
Tonight, Cowboy point guard Jawun Evans was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round as the 39th overall pick.
With the 39th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select Jawun Evans. Point Guard. Oklahoma State. pic.twitter.com/EsWLkXnoTh— Brady Más (@_Bmoore_) June 23, 2017
However... according The Vertical’s Shams Charania, Philadelphia made the pick for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Sources: Clippers are trading for Philadelphia's No. 39 selection and taking Juwan Evans.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 23, 2017
When his name was called, Evans, who was in attendance, immediately gave his mother a huge hug.
Last season Evans averaged 19.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 6.4 assists while shooting 43/37/81 to lead the Cowboys to a 20-13 record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The Clippers did not have any picks in the draft, and had to trade in to get Evans. If Evans can make the roster he will join point guards Chris Paul, Raymond Felton, and Austin Rivers. CP3 isn’t going anywhere (for now) and neither is Austin Rivers (with his father serving as head coach and GM). However, Felton is 32 and an unrestricted free agent.
Likely the Clippers will let Felton walk and have Evans take over as PG number three on the roster. Of course nothing is certain until the trade with Philly is finalized and Evans is offered (and signs) a contract.
While it is certainly disappointing to see Evans fall to the second round, it looks like he’s going to end up in a good situation. Whether he sticks with the Clippers or not, I expect Evans to have an NBA home next season.