Evan Fournier

Evan Fournier

31-Year-Old GuardG
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$Signed a three-year, $54 million contract with the Celtics in August of 2021. Traded to the Knicks in August of 2021. Traded to the Pistons in February of 2024. Pistons declined $19 million team option for 2024-25 in June of 2024.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Evan Fournier was born on October 29, 1992 in Saint-Maurice, France. He and his wife, Laura, have one son, Elias, who was born in June of 2019. Fournier is active in the community, participating in Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida events, as well as helping assemble 12,500 Hi-Five Kids Packs for the Second Harvest Food Bank in Orlando. Fournier also participates in various Orlando Magic basketball camps and clinics throughout the year, while aiding in the organizations Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) events. Fournier participated in the NBA Africa Game in both 2017 and 2018. Follow Evan on Twitter @EvanFourmizz and on Instagram @evanfournier10. Fournier played junior basketball at the French INSEP academy and began his pro career in 2009 with JSF Nanterre of the Pro B league in France. He was ultimately able to advance to the top-tier league in France, playing for Poitiers Basket 86 on a two-year-deal. After that, it was time to take his skills overseas. The Saint-Maurice, France native entered the 2012 NBA Draft and was chosen in the first round (20th overall) by the Denver Nuggets.

Option for 2024-25 declined
GFree Agent
June 28, 2024
The Pistons declined Fournier's $19 million team option for the 2024-25 season Friday, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
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The move was fully anticipated, as Fournier had fallen well short of expectations since joining the Knicks on a three-year, $54 million deal in August 2021 as part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Celtics. The veteran wing was outside of the New York rotation before being dealt to Detroit prior to the deadline. He then averaged 7.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 triples across 18.7 minutes in 29 games with the team. He'll likely have to settle for a one-year deal -- perhaps at the veteran's minimum -- if he's to keep his NBA career going.
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How does Evan Fournier compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
  • True Shooting %
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    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
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48.2%
 
Effective Field Goal %
45.0%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
57.2%
 
Free Throw Rate
16.9%
 
Offensive Rebound %
1.0%
 
Defensive Rebound %
10.3%
 
Total Rebound %
5.6%
 
Assist %
11.7%
 
Steal %
2.0%
 
Block %
1.1%
 
Turnover %
7.1%
 
Usage %
0.0%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
14.4
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.8
 
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Last season was Fournier's first in New York, as he signed a four-year, $78 million deal with the Knicks during the summer. After spending the bulk of his career as one of the primary options for the Magic, the wing stepped into a reduced role on the more-competitive Knicks. He averaged his fewest points (14.1) and assists (2.1) per game since 2014-15. He also struggled from the charity stripe, with his 70.8 percent mark being the lowest of his career. The result was a rank of 153 in per-game fantasy production for eight-category roto leagues -- his lowest since 2014-15 and just his second time out of the top 100 in the past half-decade. The main difference in Fournier's offensive style on the Knicks is an increased diet of threes and a severe reduction of shots at the rim. He took just 12 percent of his attempts at the basket -- his previous low as a member of the Magic being 23 percent -- and he launched 62 percent of his shots from deep -- his previous high with the Magic being 48 percent. While that resulted in a career-high 3.0 makes from distance last season, it didn't help his fantasy profile. Nothing is expected to change for Fournier this season, barring the Knicks trading for Donovan Mitchell as has been rumored. With that being the case, Fournier can be ignored in standard fantasy drafts, though he could have some potential as a streaming option during the year.
In August of 2021, Fournier agreed to a hefty four-year, $78 million contract with the Knicks. This occurred after an eventful 2020-21 season which started in Orlando, paused in Boston after a trade-deadline move and ended with a strong Olympic run with Team France. Fournier was cruising through another typically productive season with the Magic and was on pace to set a new career-high in points per game (19.7) before he was dealt to Boston. With the Celtics, the shooting guard appeared in only 16 of 28 regular season games due to COVID-19 protocols. The Knicks entered the off-season with tons of cap space and a need to add backcourt scoring. With the additions of Fournier and Kemba Walker, New York seemingly has cured that issue. Expect Fournier to play north of 30 minutes per game, as coach Tom Thibodeau loves to give his starters extended run. The 29-year-old should receive plenty of catch-and-shoot opportunities with Walker and Julius Randle controlling most of the ball-handling. When Walker sits (he missed 45 out of 144 games over the last two seasons), Fournier will battle veteran Derrick Rose and third-year guard RJ Barrett as the second scoring option after Randle. The Frenchman will also look to build off of last year's three-point shooting, when he hit a career-high 2.8 threes per game and shot a career-best 41.3 percent from behind the arc. The risk with Fournier will be Thibodeau's patience with the shooting guard's mediocre defense, though he did grab 1.1 steals per game last year. Presumably, Fournier's ability to spread the floor on the offensive end will more than make up for his defensive woes.
Fournier had a strong 2019-20 campaign in what was arguably the best season of his career. In 31.5 minutes, he averaged 18.5 points, 3.2 assists, 2.6 threes, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals. He also shot 46.7 percent from the field, 39.9 percent from three and 81.8 percent from the free-throw line. That led to his best per-game fantasy ranking (63) of his career, and just his third time inside the top 100. During the 2020 offseason Fournier exercised his $17 million player option, so he'll be back with the Magic for his seventh season with the team. Fournier's role in 2020-21 should be nearly identical to his role last season, so aside from some normal variance, we should expect him to put up roughly the same numbers.
Fournier finished last season with a slight decline in production from 2017-18. He averaged 15.1 points, 3.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds while canning 1.9 threes per game. He remained a fairly productive scorer, but his efficiency took a hit, shooting just 43.8 percent from the floor and 34.0 percent from three. There were signs of encouragement, however, especially with Fournier's health. He appeared in 81 games last season after missing 66 games in the prior four seasons combined. He also averaged 31.5 minutes and logged at least that many minutes for the fourth consecutive season. Fournier faces no real competition for playing time at shooting guard and should be in line for another starting role and 30-plus minutes per night. He's a backend draft choice in standard formats with a safe scoring floor but limited upside.
The 25-year-old continues to be a consistent scoring presence for the Magic when he’s on the court, but health also continues to be a concern. Over the past four seasons, Fournier is averaging 65.5 games played. Last year marked his second straight campaign averaging at least 17 points (17.8), doing so while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and drilling 2.2 threes per tilt at 37.9 percent. His free-throw percentage (86.7) was a career high. Any supplementary stats Fournier accumulates are a bonus, as he averaged just 3.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Heading into this season, Fournier’s role of 30-plus minutes should be safe, as the Magic didn't add any significant wing depth over the summer. Though there’s not much to indicate Fournier is ready to take a significant step in his development, he’s still relatively young and is coming off the best season of his career.
Fournier will be entering his sixth year in the league despite being just 24-years-old. He’s seen his workload and production increase each year, topping off last season at 17.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal across 32.9 minutes per game. He also shot 43.9 percent from the field while drilling 1.9 threes per contest at a 35.6 percent rate. While not a highly efficient scorer, Fournier was the Magic’s leading scorer last year – a role generally coveted in Fantasy. His inefficiency may have been due in part to nursing foot/heel injuries for a significant chunk of the season, which caused him to miss 14 outings. For example, during the 2015-16 season when he played 79 games, he was much more efficient, hitting 46.2 percent of his shots from the field and knocking down 2.0 threes per game at a 40.0 percent clip. Though he won’t rack up much value from supplementary statistics, Fournier’s seemingly safe workload and generally improving production indicates that he’s probably a solid player to target in the majority of Fantasy formats heading into the 2017-18 season. While the Magic added some wing depth in the offseason, there aren’t any glaring targets in line to usurp Fournier’s role.
After producing double-digit scoring outings in 13 of his first 14 games last season, including six performances of 20 points or more, Fournier emerged as a popular early-season waiver pickup. The Frenchman would eventually lose a little steam from his hot start, but once things stabilized by season’s end, Fournier had turned himself into a mainstay in the starting five. He wound up averaging 15.4 points (on 46.2% shooting), 2.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.0 three-pointers and 1.2 steals in 32.5 minutes per game and was made a priority in free agency, with the Magic re-signing him to a five-year, $85 million contract. The 23-year-old’s most important contribution was his prowess from distance, an area they may need him to make even more of an impact in 2016-17. With the Magic’s projected starters at point guard (Elfrid Payton) and small forward (Aaron Gordon) offering limited ability from three-point range, the onus will fall on Fournier to knock down shots from the perimeter to provide the offense with more spacing. Fournier doesn’t typically create much noise in the defensive categories, but the limited amount of high-end shooting guards in the league makes him a valuable fantasy commodity for what he does as a scorer and three-point shooter.
In his first season with the Magic, Fournier started 28 of the first 29 games on account of Victor Oladipo's facial fracture. The Frenchman remained in the starting lineup until late December when former coach Jacque Vaughn unshackled rookie Elfrid Payton. Fournier experienced the most injury-riddled season of his three-year career, missing 21 of the final 23 games due to a sore right hip. During 58 games, Fournier compiled 12.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.5 three-pointers in 29 minutes per game. At his introductory press conference, new coach Scott Skiles included Fournier as a key piece in the guard rotation. However, that was before the Magic drafted Mario Hezonja and signed C.J. Watson, two capable wing players. Entering the final year of his rookie deal, the 6-foot-7 guard is eligible for a 2016-17 contract extension. Though, he doesn't expect to receive one, noting that such extensions are reserved for the league's stars. Fournier earned a spot on the French National Team and is competing during the FIBA tournament for the second straight offseason.
Evan Fournier begins his third NBA season with his second team. During his second season, the 21-year-old Frenchman averaged 8.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.1 blocks in 20 minutes per game through 76 games played. He shot 42 percent from the field on 7.2 attempts and 76 percent from the line on 1.6 attempts. Fournier built upon his rookie season, tallying career-highs in almost every category. He converted 38 percent of his three-pointers and joins the Magic with the second most three-pointers from last season, behind Channing Frye. The main haul in the Arron Afflalo trade is set on expanding his offensive role in the wake of Jameer Nelson's exit. While Fournier was a diligent spot-up shooter with the Denver Nuggets, he expects to play more on the ball and initiate the offense at times. This expanded role has yet to be put on display during France's nine FIBA exhibition matches, as Fournier has been relegated to his prescribed role as off-ball floor spacer. The 6-6 wing is in the conversation for opening day starter as he looks to replicate a poor man's Manu Ginobili.
The second-year pro from France is looking to make a big jump this year. While Randy Foye currently has the inside track to the starting shooting guard job, Fournier will be given every opportunity to wrestle it away. Do not be surprised if Fournier is starting and taking the bulk of the shooting guard minutes by the end of the season.
He can shoot, but he’s got a lot to learn about the NBA game and needs time to put some meat on his frail 6-6, 200lb frame. Expect him in the D-League or back overseas by camp end.
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Season-high 21 points vs. Philly
GDetroit Pistons
April 9, 2024
Fournier finished with 21 points (7-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, two blocks and one steal over 26 minutes during Tuesday's 120-102 loss to the 76ers.
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Available for Tuesday
GDetroit Pistons
April 9, 2024
Fournier (knee) is available for Tuesday's game against the 76ers.
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Probable for Tuesday's game
GDetroit Pistons
Knee
April 8, 2024
Fournier (knee) is probable for Tuesday's game against the 76ers.
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Ruled out Saturday
GDetroit Pistons
Knee
April 6, 2024
Fournier won't play in Saturday's game in Brooklyn due to right knee soreness.
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Poor shooting in loss
GDetroit Pistons
April 2, 2024
Fournier accumulated five points (2-8 FG, 1-5 3Pt), four assists, three rebounds, one block and one steal over 29 minutes during Monday's 110-108 loss to the Grizzlies.
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Wizards showing interest
GFree Agent
July 12, 2024
The Wizards could be interested in signing Fournier, according to Marc Stein of Substack.
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The Wizards are navigating through a complex rebuilding process, and they need some experienced veterans to round out their roster. On that note, Fournier could be an excellent fit for Washington. Aside from being an accomplished three-point shooter who can play either as a starter or off the bench, Fournier could also serve as a mentor for two of the team's top prospects, Alex Sarr and Bilal Coulibaly, as both are French, just like Fournier.
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