Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier
27-Year-Old GuardG
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
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Injury Elbow
Est. Return 6/15/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $85 million contract with the Magic in July of 2016. Contract includes $17 million player option for 2020-21.
College/International Summary

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.

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Elbow
April 23, 2020
Fournier is expected to make a full recovery from the UCL sprain in his right elbow by the time the suspended NBA season resumes, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
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Fournier missed the Magic's last three games and looked destined to miss additional action after being ruled out indefinitely March 6 due to the injury. With the NBA going on hiatus a week later, however, Fournier has now benefited from a month and a half off to let his elbow heal without missing further games. The Magic haven't issued a formal update on where exactly Fournier stands in his recovery, but he should get the green light to take part in on-court work whenever the NBA allows teams to resume training. Prior to the injury, Fournier was averaging a career-high 18.8 points to go along with 3.2 assists, 2.7 three-pointers, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 31.7 minutes per contest.
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2018

In his fifth season with the Magic, Fournier started all 81 games in which he played. Fournier averaged more than 31 minutes per game for the fourth consecutive season. It was the first time in his seven-year NBA career that he reached the 80-game mark. Though he played nearly a full campaign, the 26-year-old Frenchman posted his lowest scoring average (15.1 PPG) since the 2014-15 season. However, Fournier averaged a career-high 3.6 assists per game and helped lead the Magic to their first postseason appearance since 2012. Fournier shot 34.0 percent from beyond the arc on 7.6 attempts per game. he knocked down 80.6 percent of his free throws -- topping 80 percent for the fourth consecutive season. Fournier scored a season-high 31 points and hit a season-high six three-pointers in an Oct. 20 loss to Philadelphia. Two days later, in a win over Boston, Fournier handed out a season- and career-high 10 assists. Playing in the postseason for the first time since 2013 (as a member of the Nuggets), Fournier started all five of Orlando's first-round games against the Raptors. He scored in double-figures four times, including 16 points in a Game 1 victory. Fournier added 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting in Game 4.

2017

Fournier entered the 2017-18 season already established as a primary scorer with the starting shooting guard job in hand. He picked up right were he left off, scoring 20 or more points in eight of the first nine games to begin the regular season. Fournier was also more efficient from distance, shooting 41.5 percent over the first 26 games. That mark would have been a career high had he been able to keep it up. Fournier then missed an eight-game stretch due to a sprained ankle, but was back to his regular self and in the starting five again by Dec. 26. Upon returning, Fournier began a stretch of 31 consecutive games in double figures. That included a new career-high of 32 points (12-22 FG, 6-12 3Pt) in a Jan. 16 victory over Minnesota. The only reason Fournier's scoring streak ultimately came to an end was due to injury. He was forced to exit a March 7 game against the Lakers due to knee troubles and was later diagnosed with a sprained MCL. Fournier missed the final 17 games of the regular season as a result, with the Magic posting a 5-12 record over that stretch. The team missed the playoffs with a record of 25-57.

2016

Following the best season of his NBA career, Fournier was awarded a five-year contract extension in July. The Magic also traded away second-leading scorer Victor Oladipo in the offseason, clearing the way for significantly increased usage for Fournier. The move seemed to pay dividends immediately, as Fournier scored 20 points in the season opener and started the first 31 games of the year. He averaged 17.8 points on 45.5 percent shooting over that span. That momentum was halted just before Christmas, when Fournier missed a five-game stretch due to a heel contusion, but he was back in action shortly thereafter. The injury bug bit once again Jan. 14, when he missed the first of a seven-game stretch due to foot soreness. It didn't take long for Fournier to get back on track, however, as he averaged 17.3 ppg over his final 32 games to close out the season. With Oladipo out of the picture, Fournier led the Magic in scoring at 17.2 ppg, which also happened to be a career best. He was also the second-leading distributor to only Elfrid Payton, tallying up a career-high 3.0 apg. The Magic still missed the postseason, however, posting a record of 29-53.

2015

Fournier used the offseason to get healthy following a late-season hip injury and even competed for the French National Team in EuroBasket 2015. He put an improved game on display during camp and exhibition play, ultimately winning a starting job over the likes of Aaron Gordon and rookie Mario Hezonja. While Fournier was 1-for-7 from the field in the opener, he averaged 25.0 PPG over the next four games. That started a streak of 13 consecutive games in double figures and included a career-high 30 points Nov. 3 against the Pelicans. He'd later match that mark with another 30-point outing on March 15 against his former team, the Denver Nuggets. When it was all said and done, Fournier put up what was easily his best NBA season. He was third on the team in scoring at 15.4 PPG, which also happened to a personal best. Furthermore, Fournier set career highs in rebounding (2.8 RPG) and assists (2.7 APG). He was best from outside with a team-high 156 three-pointers made, beating out his second-place teammate (Victor Oladipo) by 58 treys. The Magic again missed the postseason, but Fournier gave them a key piece to build around.

2014

Despite the progress Fournier made with the Nuggets, he was dealt to Orlando in a draft-day deal in exchange for Aaron Afflalo prior to the 2014-15 season. In his Magic debut Oct. 28, Fournier started and put up 11 points, three rebounds and two assists. He started the first 28 games of his debut season with Orlando, averaging 14.6 points on 44.7 percent shooting over that span. He even set a new career high with 28 points in a Nov. 12 victory over the Knicks. Fournier was awarded his starting role largely due to Victor Oladipo missing the first nine games of the regular season with a knee injury, but managed to hold on to it well after Oladipo's return. Fournier hit his first bit of adversity in early-December, as he was replaced in the starting lineup by Elfrid Payton. Fournier fell into a bit of a shooting slump in the eight games after that, shooting 34.9 percent from the field (though he still averaged 10.3 points). He did get back on track, however, converting 46.5 percent of his field goals over the next 20 games, which included four appearances in the starting five. Fournier was then struck with a hip injury that ended up costing him 18 games. He did appear in two more April games, scoring 11 and 18 points, but the hip injury resurfaced and he was ultimately shut down. Despite the injury-shortened season, Fournier still set new career highs in scoring (12.0 ppg) and assists (2.1 apg).

2013

After exceeding expectations in his rookie campaign, Fournier was ready to be a key contributor in his second NBA season. Neither Andre Iguodala or Corey Brewer returned to the Nuggets for 2013-14, which left the door open for Fournier to earn more playing time. He appeared in each of the first 18 regular season games, scoring in double figures four times but also failing to score in the final four games of that stretch. Fournier's playing time dipped to 9.5 mpg in the month of December, but he wouldn't be an afterthought for long. His minutes picked back up again in January after Andre Miller was sidelined due to a team-imposed suspension that ultimately resulted in his departure from the organization. From Jan. 1 onward, Fournier appeared in every single game, even making four starts during that stretch. Over those final 52 games, Fournier averaged 10.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists across 23.6 minutes. He set a new career high with 27 points on 8-of-11 shooting in a Feb. 23 loss to Sacramento. Fournier recorded two more 20-point games in April -- 26 against the Rockets on April 6 and 23 against the Jazz on April 12. He improved in nearly every primary counting stat from his rookie season.

2012

Fournier was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the 1st round (20th pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft. The young wing made his NBA debut in the season opener, Oct. 31, and put up five points in 10 minutes. On Nov. 17, Fournier chipped in 10 points and two assists Nov. 17 against the Spurs. Fournier heated up at the end of the regular season, when he appeared in each of the final nine games with three starts. Over that span, he averaged 12.3 points, 2.7 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 0.9 three-pointers per game. The young Frenchman made his first career start in an Apr. 14 win over Portland in which he produced 24 points (8-12 FG), four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Fournier ended up starting the final three games of the regular season and four games in the playoffs, picking up time in place of Danilo Gallinari, who was out with a knee injury. Through four postseason games, Fournier averaged 4.8 points across 13.3 minutes per contest. In the Game 1 win over Golden State, Fournier generated 11 points, two dimes and two steals.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2012
    Drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the 1st round (20th pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2012
    Signed a rookie contract with the Denver Nuggets.
  • June 27, 2014
    Traded by the Denver Nuggets with Devyn Marble to the Orlando Magic for Arron Afflalo.
  • July 7, 2016
    Signed a five-year contract with the Orlando Magic.
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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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Longer absence in store
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Elbow
March 6, 2020
Fournier (elbow) was diagnosed with a UCL sprain in his right elbow after an MRI and likely faces an extended absence, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
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Officially out Friday
GOrlando Magic
Elbow
March 6, 2020
Fournier (elbow) was ruled out for Friday's game at Minnesota, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
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Unlikely to play Friday
GOrlando Magic
Elbow
March 5, 2020
Fournier is doubtful for Friday's game against the Timberwolves due to a right elbow sprain.
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Blocks two shots in loss
GOrlando Magic
March 5, 2020
Fournier went for 17 points (6-9 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two steals, two blocks and one assist in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 116-113 loss at Miami.
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GOrlando Magic
March 1, 2020
Fournier produced 23 points (8-16 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, four steals, three rebounds and one block in 36 minutes during Saturday's 114-113 loss to San Antonio.
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