New York Knicks guard Evan Fournier set the franchise record for most 3-pointers last season with 241, falling from starter to reserve into the rotation this season.
In 13 games this season, the 11-year veteran is averaging 6.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He shot 34.4% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc before the bench.
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The Knicks went with the Jazz in a nine-man rotation, leaving Evan Fournier and Grimes on the bench. pic.twitter.com/1DH745JQQy
— Knicks Nation (@KnicksNationCP) November 17, 2022
“How hard is it? It’s not easy. I’ll tell you that,” Fournier said Tuesday night in the Knicks’ 106-103 win over the Jazz with coach Tom Thibodeau on the bench.
While healthy, the 30-year-old missed the first game against the Knicks. For the NBA veteran, attitude is everything. Fournier will continue to practice for every game despite falling out of the rotation.
Knicks guard Evan Fournier will continue to practice for the position this season
The guard has started seven of the 13 games this season. Since Fournier averaged a career-low 6.9 points per game, Thibodeau thought it was in the team’s favor.
For more in-depth stats, the Knicks guard posted some pretty bad numbers that included a 17.3% usage percentage and a 47.4% true shooting percentage.
Last season, in 80 starts, Fournier averaged 14.1 points, 2.6 boards and 2.1 assists. In addition to scoring in double figures per game, he shot 41.7% from the floor and 38.9% from downtown.
In three quarters, the Knicks went through a nine-man rotation against Utah tonight. Evan Fournier has not played yet. Quentin Grimes, who played 8 minutes in the last two games, has not played yet. https://t.co/R5Xg9tGdRM
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) November 16, 2022
Even the guard’s 55.4% TSP was better compared to this season.
Despite this sad news, his desire to continue the sport is still alive. “I mean, I have to keep that mindset. [this can change] Definitely,” the Knicks guard added.
“If I’m thinking of being on the bench for the rest of the season, it would be terrible. The thinking is always the same. Do your work every day [with] The result.”
This change in orientation may be temporary. After all, Evan Fournier signed a four-year, $73 million deal with the Knicks last August. He is now making $18 million to ride the bench this season.