After Reggie Evans signed with Seattle following the 2002 NBA Draft, then-SuperSonics coach Nate McMillan saw a plan for undrafted free agent forward.
“Coach Nate told me what he needed me to do for the team to be successful. He told me my role in Seattle, and it stuck with me ever since,” Evans said. “Other guys could score, and Coach Nate needed me to do X, Y and Z. If I stayed focused, he told me I could stay in the league for a long time. I trusted him and I believed what he told me.”
Ten years later, Evans is doing those exact things, and he’s now providing a huge lift for the Clippers off the bench.
In the Clippers’ 102-94 win over the Lakers on Saturday, Evans grabbed eight rebounds, helping the Clippers earn a 50-42 rebounding advantage.
Evans averaged more than 15 points a game in each of his two seasons at Iowa, but in the NBA, he’s never been counted on to score. In four games this season, Evans has attempted just three shots and has scored only five points.
“I’m content with my role,” he said. “I’m happy with it. I put myself in a position where I can take care of my family.
“There are a lot of coaches telling a lot of young guys, ‘We need you to be the next Reggie Evans.’ I carved out my own lane.”
Evans will be back in the lane Monday when the Clippers play host to the Nets.
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