France continues to roll in EuroBasket--it's already secured a spot in the Final Four, with the result of its Thursday battle against Spain determining who will advance to the Finals--but Orlando Magic swingman Evan Fournier hasn't been a big part of the team's success. Fournier finds himself the ninth man in an 11-man rotation. That's not so bad, considering the sheer talent--along with veterans Tony Parker and Boris Diaw, France boasts the youngsters Nicolas Batum, Rudy Gobert, and Joffrey Lauvergne--of his teammates, but it might worry Orlando Magic fans hoping Fournier breaks out in his second pinstriped season.
To date, Fournier is averaging 6.1 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per EuroBasket contest. The 6-foot-7 wing is shooting only 36.8 percent from the field, including a woeful 31.6 percent from inside the three-point arc.
If nothing else, Fournier has rebounded from a slow start: he scored 12 points in back-to-back victories over Israel and Turkey before posting seven on 2-of-6 shooting Tuesday against Latvia.
Fournier's value to the Magic lies primarily in his scoring, specifically in his ability to create for himself off the dribble. Though he suffers from tunnel vision on his drives, Fournier has nonetheless demonstrated himself a crafty handler, and one of the Magic's better shot creators. With Orlando in the season ahead, he'll need to convert his two-pointers at a much better rate than the 31.6-percent clip he's posted at EuroBasket so far.
In his first Magic season, Fournier, now 22, averaged 12 points per game on 44 percent shooting. He made 32 starts in 58 appearances.