Jeremy Evans (born October 24, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for Western Kentucky before being drafted by the Utah Jazz in 2010. Evans spent 2010–15 with the Utah Jazz, the 2015–16 season with the Dallas Mavericks and the 2016–17 season with Khimki in Russia. In 2012, he was named the NBA slam dunk contest champion.

 

 

High school career

Evans attended Crossett High School, where he helped the Eagles reach the state tournament each of his last two seasons. As a junior, he was named All-State, All-League, and was voted the County Player of the Year after Crossett High finished 17–10. As a senior, he averaged 25.6 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks per game, earning All-State and All-Conference accolades.[3]

College career

Evans played in college for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. As a senior, he averaged 10.0 ppg with a field goal percentage of .639. He is the Hilltoppers all-time leader in blocks with 224[4] and also a member of WKU's illustrious 1,000-point club with 1,065 career points, and he wrapped up his career with a 7.9 point-per game scoring average and an average of 5.9 rebounds per game.[5]

Professional career

Utah Jazz (2010–2015)

Evans was drafted by the Utah Jazz with the 55th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. On March 4, 2011, he was assigned to the Utah Flash.[6] He was recalled on March 6.[7]

On February 22, 2012, Evans was announced as a competitor in the 2012 Sprite NBA All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest, replacing the injured Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks.[8] He dunked two basketballs in one dunk over teammate Gordon Hayward and won with 29% of the votes.

On July 11, 2012, Evans re-signed with the Utah Jazz to a multi-year deal.[7]

On February 16, 2013, Evans participated in another Slam Dunk Contest. In one of his dunks, he jumped over a painting of himself dunking, which he himself painted. He went on to lose to Terrence Ross.

Dallas Mavericks (2015–2016)

On July 31, 2015, Evans signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.[10] He made his debut for the Mavericks in the team's season opener against the Phoenix Suns on October 28, recording 7 points and 6 rebounds in a 111–95 win.[35] During his first year as a member of Mavericks, he had multiple assignments to the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.[35] On March 17, 2016, he was ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.[12]

On July 7, 2016, Evans was traded, along with cash considerations and the rights to Emir Preldžić, to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for the rights to Stanko Barać.[13] On October 23, 2016, he was waived by the Pacers after appearing in two preseason games.[22]

Khimki (2016–2017)

On October 29, 2016, Evans signed with Russian club BC Khimki for the rest of the 2016–17 season.[23]

2017–18 season

On September 21, 2017, Evans signed with the Atlanta Hawks.[24] He was released on October 13 as one of the team’s final preseason roster cuts.[25]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2010–11Utah4939.4.661.000.7032.0.5.3.33.6
2011–12Utah2907.5.643.000.5001.7.4.2.82.1
2012–13Utah3705.8.614.000.6361.6.3.2.42.0
2013–14Utah66418.3.527.000.6804.7.7.6.76.1
2014–15Utah3807.0.552.400.8281.9.3.3.32.4
2015–16Dallas3028.4.542.250.7141.8.1.2.32.4
Career 249910.5.568.231.6872.6.4.4.53.5

Personal life

The son of Gwyn, he has one younger brother, Justin, and is married to Korrie. An accomplished artist, Evans had a sketch of CBS analyst Dan Bonner showcased on national television broadcast of the Hilltoppers’ second round battle with Gonzaga during the 2009 NCAA Tournament and some of his art was also displayed throughout the WKU athletic offices. He majored in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in art.[3]