Kerr: Evans’ shot will even­tu­ally come around

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - NBA - By Con­nor Le­tourneau Con­nor Le­tourneau is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer.

The sam­ple size is small, but War­riors rookie Ja­cob Evans has done lit­tle to ease con­cerns about his shot.

Evans is 2-for-7 from the field in six games. Not once has Evans at­tempted a three-pointer.

“The good thing with Ja­cob is he shot the ball pretty well in col­lege, and he’s got a nice touch,” Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said Fri­day. “He’s putting in a ton of work, and it’s go­ing to get bet­ter. That’s what hap­pens when it be­comes your job, and you just shoot over and over ev­ery day.”

Evans has yet to crack Golden State’s ro­ta­tion. The only mean­ing­ful min­utes he has re­ceived this sea­son was a six-minute cameo in Sun­day’s win in Brook­lyn.

The prob­lem is that, though he is an NBA-cal­iber de­fender who can guard mul­ti­ple po­si­tions, Evans’ of­fense is still raw. Evans shot 42.9 per­cent from the field — in­clud­ing 37.7 per­cent from three-point range — in three sea­sons at Cincin­nati, but he has had a tough time ad­just­ing to NBA de­fenses.

At sum­mer leagues in Sacra­mento and Las Ve­gas, Evans shot a com­bined 32.4 per­cent from the field and 11.1 per­cent from three-point range. The good news for Golden State, how­ever, is that there is no ma­jor is­sue with his shoot­ing form.

“I plug in (Evans) oc­ca­sion­ally for de­fen­sive pur­poses, and he does a really nice job,” Kerr said. “I think that’s what at­tracted us to him in the first place was the fact that he’s got the size and strength to match up across the board in an NBA game, can guard mul­ti­ple spots.

“But it’s his rookie year. Just like (Kevon Looney ),DJ( Damian Jones) and Jor­dan Bell, you kind of go through these sea­sons where you’re fig­ur­ing ev­ery­thing out and you’re do­ing so play­ing be­hind a lot of guys who’ve been around the block.”

No shootaround: The War­riors typ­i­cally hold a morn­ing shootaround when they have a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. How­ever, Kerr can­celed Fri­day’s af­ter talk­ing with as­sis­tant coach Chris DeMarco.

“DeMarco came to me yes­ter­day and said he thought it would be a good day to have a day off from shootaround,” Kerr said. “He’s got a good feel for our guys and for our team. Sounded like a good idea, so we did it. Half the guys showed up, any­way, to get some shots up, but it’s a good way to change the rou­tine.”

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