Evan Fournier: “I really didn’t know how to help the team”

« With 37 wins, we would be ninth in the West, so in the play-in, but as the East has gotten stronger… » Evan Fournier relativizes the failed season of the Knicks who, effectively, finished the season with a better record than the Pelicans and the Spurs who face each other tonight in play-in. But this season, for once, the Eastern Conference was denser and perhaps more challenging, and New York fell by the wayside.

« We never managed to find an osmosis, a way to play to win » regrets the french in the team. « If we don’t have a much better season next year, they’ll kick us all out!«

With a contract for another three seasons, the Frenchman returns to his irregularity, and to this new role: “exclusive shooter”.

“I found myself many times without the ball. He was looking for me a lot, it was difficult for me to fit into the system, I didn’t know very well how to help the team. he continues. “He was very frustrated, with uneven performance. I had to understand that either I am fighting against my use as an exclusive shooter, or I embrace this concept. In the end, I finished in the top 5 in 3-point shooting in the NBA. So it is positive to be among the best in exercise. I also broke the Knicks’ single-season 3-point record.”

“I am just entering my “prime” and I see myself continuing for several years as a starter”

Last year, he was also able to discover a new role: sixth man…” It is not my decision, but for me, I am just entering my “best moment” and I see myself continuing several years as a starter. In defense I have to start at the beginning of the season, then in attack I have to have a conversation with the coach this summer. I understood my role, but I can do more and help in other situations. »

From now on, a place for a well-deserved “rest”, before projecting towards Eurobasket 2022, of which he will be the leader, a priori with Rudy Gobert.

“We are going to evaluate the young people, especially with the June window. I’m thinking of Theo (Maledon), I’m thinking of Killian Hayes… and other players that I don’t have in mind there. Timothé (Luwawu-Cabarrot) should make up for Nico’s absence and become a clear starter. But first I’ll see Vincent (Collet, the coach). With Rudy (Gobert), we were already directors, so our role doesn’t change, but with Nando and Nico we would be less alone. »

The full interview with Evan Fournier

Evan Fournier Percentage bounces
Station Team MJ minimum shooting 3 points LF Off Def Until P.S. Source in you bp Connecticut points
2012-13 THE 38 eleven 49.3 40.7 76.9 0.2 0.8 0.9 1.2 1.7 0.5 0.8 0.0 5.3
2013-14 THE 76 twenty 41.9 37.6 75.6 0.5 2.2 2.7 1.5 2.4 0.5 1.3 0.1 8.4
2014-15 Otorhinolaryngology 58 29 44.0 37.8 72.8 0.5 2.2 2.6 2.1 2.0 0.7 1.4 0.0 12.0
2015-16 Otorhinolaryngology 79 33 46.2 40.0 83.6 0.4 2.4 2.9 2.7 2.7 1.2 1.7 0.0 15.4
2016-17 Otorhinolaryngology 68 33 43.9 35.6 80.5 0.7 2.4 3.1 3.0 2.7 1.0 2.1 0.1 17.2
2017-18 Otorhinolaryngology 57 32 45.9 37.9 86.7 0.4 2.8 3.2 2.9 2.4 0.8 1.7 0.3 17.8
2018-19 Otorhinolaryngology 81 32 43.8 34.0 80.6 0.5 2.7 3.2 3.6 2.8 0.9 1.9 0.2 15.1
2019-20 Otorhinolaryngology 66 31 46.7 39.9 81.8 0.3 23 2.6 3.2 2.4 1.1 1.9 0.2 18.5
2020-21* All the teams 42 30 45.7 41.3 78.8 0.2 2.8 3.1 3.4 23 1.1 1.7 0.5 17.1
2020-21* Otorhinolaryngology 26 30 46.1 38.8 79.7 0.2 2.7 2.9 3.7 2.1 1.0 2.1 0.4 19.7
2020-21* BUNCH sixteen 30 44.8 46.3 71.4 0.3 3.0 3.3 3.1 2.6 1.3 1.2 0.6 13.0
2021-22 New York 80 30 41.7 38.9 70.8 0.4 2.2 2.6 2.1 23 1.0 1.3 0.3 14.1
Total 645 29 44.5 38.1 79.8 0.4 23 2.8 2.6 2.4 0.9 1.6 0.2 14.3

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