The Orlando Magic need some leaders to emerge if they want to be a playoff team again one day. Evan Fournier is looking like that player.
Despite signing a new contract with the Orlando Magic last summer, Evan Fournier has struggled to find consistency this season.
Playing in 45 games so far, injury and lineup changes have meant he has been unable to find a rhythm on the court on many occasions.
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However, Monday night’s entertaining win over the Miami Heat potentially signalled the end of this period of Fournier’s career.
Fournier led the team in scoring (24 points), and assists (four). He also logged a team-high 35 minutes on the court and looked comfortable as the team’s go-to offensive weapon down the stretch.
Clearly this was a bright spot for him personally this season, as for one night at least, the team showed what it was capable of when everyone’s on the same page.
Jan 6, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) dribbles the ball during the second half at Amway Center. Houston Rockets defeated the Houston Rockets 100-93. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Moving forward however, and with his niggling injuries looking to be behind him, could this actually be Fournier’s team next season?
More is expected of him, but it has not been an altogether smooth transition so far.
Then again, when you’re suddenly expected to lead the second-worst offense and third-worst three-point shooting team in the league, it is not an easy task.
This is why Orlando Magic fans should have optimism about how Evan Fournier will be able to lead this team next season. Already we’re seeing flashes and more consistency, and his numbers will continue to rise to reflect this.
The addition of Terrence Ross and more clearly defined roles for players like Elfrid Payton will also create the stability needed for Fournier to thrive.
General manager Rob Hennigan may be entering his last days on the hot seat with this team, and he’s made many mistakes with the moves he’s made.