The path from the French INSEP Academy led Evan Fournier to the Orlando Magic in the National Basketball Federation. The man grew up in the suburbs of Paris and today has a lucrative contract in the world’s biggest basketball league. Let’s learn more about him, shall we?
Who Is Evan Fournier?
Everyone finds his own way into his passion through different paths. It could be by chance or something forced upon you. For Fournier, who was born on October 29, 1992, in a suburb of Paris, his passion was the result of watching the 2001-02 Sacramento King game. It was a love that began with a game against the LA Lakers in the conference finals, but which has accompanied Fournier into adulthood, so much so that he wears the number 10 jersey in honor of Mike Bibby, who was a Sacramento King at the time.
Modest beginnings make for good stories, they help the world strive for greatness. Fournier’s professional beginnings are modest. Starting at the French INSEP academy as a young boy with a dream of joining French second league club JSF Nanterre, Evan rose to the pinnacle of French professional basketball after signing a two-year contract with Poitiers Basket 86, and then crowned it with a draft pick in the 2012 NBA draft. In fact, his path from a boy who fell in love with basketball in the suburbs of Paris to the NBA is inspiring.
Fournier Evans may have begun to live the dream of many after signing with the Denver Nuggets in 2012, but his professional career did not begin with a fairy tale. He spent most of his time on the bench. After 73 games in Fournier’s first season with the Nuggets, he was in only 29 of them. Towards the end of the season, however, things began to turn around for Fournier. He began to make his mark on the team by starting in the last three games of the Nuggets. Whenever a player is offered such an opportunity, especially after a long period of exclusion, it is always best to take advantage of it. Well, Fournier did that. He regained confidence in him by averaging 12.3 points in his late run to the end of the season.
After showing that he had something to offer towards the end of the 2012-13 season, Fournier was given another chance to prove that he was no accident. Born in Saint-Maurice, the Shooting Guard was part of the Nuggets team for the 2013 NBA Summer League, and it was a decision that bore fruit. Since the Nuggets sensed that his run was no flash in the pan, they extended his contract so that he could play for them in the 2014-15 season. It didn’t take long for the decision to be rewarded, as Evans delivered what was at the time the best performance in his career, 27 points against the Sacramento Kings.
A growing reputation and perhaps the need to play in a more efficient team led the Nuggets to trade Fournier for Orlando Magic, among other things. The Magic did not miss an opportunity and quickly took advantage of the team option included in their fourth-year contract and guaranteed that he would be their player in the 2015-16 season.
Fournier was an emerging talent and so were his records. In his first season with the Magic, he broke his personal record for best scorer performance and continued that record in the second season with a full season scorer performance, leading his team with 19 goals.
His performances prompted the Orlando Magic to dismiss him with a five-year contract worth $85 million. In the 2016 season, Fournier continued his habit of delivering for his beloved team. On November 3, 2016, he delivered a season-high of 29 points against the Sacramento Kings.
On January 16, 2018, Fournier achieved a career-high of 32 points by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves. On March 7, 2018, he sprained his left medial collateral ligament in a game against the Lakers and was subsequently eliminated for a time.
Net Worth and Salary
After starting his NBA career in 2012, this guy secured his first major professional contract under a five-year $85 million contract. However, Evan Fournier’s net worth is still a little low compared to other NBA stars. He is considered worth only $4.2 million on an annual salary of $17 million. He is the second highest-earning player on the Magic List.
Contrary to his career and the things he achieved with it, hardly anyone can say anything about Evan Fournier’s family life, apart from the fact that he was born and raised in Saint-Maurice, France. Evan Fournier is not yet married at the time of writing this article, and to the best of our knowledge, his family life revolves around his parents, Meriem and Francois Fournier, who were once judo athletes. While his mother Meriem is currently a judo instructor, his father is one of the staff of INSPE (National Institute for Sport, Expertise, and Performance).
The Orlando Magic French Shooting Guard from Orlando Magic is 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 93 kg.