"He's raw. But what he has you can't teach. He contests a lot of shots down there, he can get a lot of rebounds out of his area just off of the length of his arms," Jazz point guard Ronnie Price said. "He's a special kid. He's gonna have a good career, and he's gonna have an opportunity to (play) and give us some good quality minutes."
How many remains to be seen.
From the sound of it, though, Evans could crack the rotation by season's end — much like fellow second-rounder and now starting power forward Millsap earned his rookie season.
And even though in his mind he may not be a roster lock yet, the combination dial certainly seems set to spin.
"All the time he's gotten, he probably deserves more," Sloan said. "Because he's played pretty darn well."
To boot, he has a clue.
"I see an intelligent basketball player," the Jazz coach said. "He tries to understand what he has to do in order to play.
"His technique defensively is pretty good, because he knows what we're doing. You don't have to tell him over and over and over again. If you tell him to do something, and run a play, he just runs it.
"If the ball gets up around the basket, he goes after it," Sloan added. "He's like a rope — he just goes straight up."
With a body that's part Keon Clark, part Tayshaun Prince — skinny legs, less-than-broad upper body — the only question seems to be how high the 6-foot-9 Evans' ceiling really is.
He plays with a big man's mentality, yet hasn't hit the 200-pound mark.
That was both a curse and a blessing in school when Evans used his hops against land-locked bigs, but never did properly develop his perimeter game.
"Here it helps me at the 4 position," he said of his experience as a center, "but also it hurts me at the 3 position as far as ballhandling and my shot."
The Jazz, though, aren't put off by the odd frame.
"His body's gonna get bigger and stronger, I believe, as he gets older," Sloan said. "Right now, that's who he is."
Of more interest to Jazz brass is Evans' eye-popping proficiency.
In preseason play to date, he's hitting a ridiculous 75 percent — 15-for-20 — from the field. In four college seasons, he never shot less than 62.5 percent.
Combine that with his versatility — he's playing both power forward and small forward, positions that involve decidedly different responsibilities in the Jazz system — and it's little wonder the club is so high on him.
"You never say never," Sloan said, "when you see guys like that."
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