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Reggie Evans
Toronto Raptors  – No. 30
Power forward
Born May 18, 1980 (1980-05-18) (age 29)
Pensacola, Florida
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
High school Woodham (Pensacola)
College Coffeyville Community College,
University of Iowa
Draft Not drafted, 2002
Pro career 2002–present
Former teams Seattle SuperSonics (2002–2006)
Denver Nuggets (2006–07)
Philadelphia 76ers (2007–2009)

Reginald Jamaal "Reggie" Evans (born May 18, 1980, in Pensacola, Florida) is an American professional basketball player. The power forward currently plays for the Toronto Raptors. While limited in his offensive game, Evans is known for his rebounding, tenacity and hustle on the defensive end; skills that have made him a valuable role player in the NBA.

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College career

He attended Coffeyville Community College in Coffeyville, Kansas from 1998–2000 and then transferred to the University of Iowa. In 2001, Evans led the nation in free throws attempted, free throws made, and double-doubles. He led the Big Ten Conference in rebounding in 2001 and 2002, and was named Big Ten Tournament MVP in 2001 and Second Team All-Big Ten in 2002. He was Honorable Mention All-American in 2001.

NBA career

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Seattle SuperSonics

He signed with the Seattle SuperSonics as a free-agent, where he became known for his tenacious rebounding. In 2004–05, he led the league in rebounds-per-minute-played after finishing in the top 10 the two previous seasons. Despite playing under 24 minutes per game, he finished ninth in the NBA in total rebounds. A 2005 statistical analysis published on ESPN determined that on average, Evans will rebound one quarter of all shots missed while he is in a game. In the 2006 season this dipped to 21.5 percent, however, this was still good enough to edge out teammate Marcus Camby for the best Rebound Rate in all of basketball.

Evans made the news on December 6, 2005, when he was absent for the opening minutes of the second half in a loss to the New York Knicks. Circumstances did not allow Evans to take a steroid test prior to the game, so a league official required that it be done at halftime. Evans laughed off the suggestion he was under suspicion. "I've been clean since I've been in the league. I've been clean since I've been in college. I've been clean since I've been in high school, middle school, elementary school. I'm just cleaner than clean. I'm cleaner than Pine-Sol."[1]

Evans's best statistical season came to a halt on January 3, 2006, when the Sonics front office dismissed Head Coach Bob Weiss and promoted Assistant Bob Hill to replace him. In Hill's new system, Evans lost his starting spot and his minutes were drastically reduced.

Evans defends against Kyle Korver.

Denver Nuggets

On February 26, 2006, the Sonics traded Evans to the Denver Nuggets.[2] In his first five games with the division-leading Nuggets, Evans played more minutes than he did in his final twenty-one games with the cellar-dwelling Sonics.

On March 10, 2006, against the Toronto Raptors, Evans had zero points but 20 rebounds. Evans is the first player with 20 rebounds in a scoreless game since Dennis Rodman did it for Chicago on December 15, 1997, against Phoenix.

During a 2006 first round playoff game, Reggie Evans grabbed Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman in the testicles in an attempt to gain a position advantage. Kaman immediately pushed Evans to the floor and later said, "I felt I got a little violated by another man."[3][4] However, Kaman ultimately decided not to press assault charges against Evans. Evans was fined $10,000 and a flagrant foul-two but not suspended for his actions.[5]

Philadelphia 76ers

On September 10, 2007, he was traded along with the draft rights to Ricky Sanchez to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Steven Hunter and Bobby Jones.[6]

Evans was put in as the starting power forward for the Sixers 2007–08 NBA season. He took the Sixers from the worst rebounding team, to the top 15.[7] Reggie missed only one game the whole season, and started more games than in his two with Denver. During game three of the Sixers' first round playoff series against the Detroit Pistons, Reggie Evans scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds en route to a Sixers' victory amidst chants of "Reg-gie! Reg-gie!" from the Philadelphia fans at the Wachovia Center.

Toronto Raptors

On June 9, 2009, Evans was traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Jason Kapono.[8]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002–03 Seattle 67 60 20.4 .471 .000 .519 6.6 .5 .6 .2 3.2
2003–04 Seattle 75 27 17.1 .406 .000 .561 5.4 .4 .7 .1 2.9
2004–05 Seattle 79 79 23.8 .476 .000 .534 9.3 .7 .7 .2 4.9
2005–06 Seattle 41 23 19.2 .509 .000 .550 6.7 .6 .6 .1 5.9
2005–06 Denver 26 2 23.3 .453 .000 .505 8.7 .6 .6 .2 5.2
2006–07 Denver 66 11 17.1 .544 .000 .497 7.0 .7 .6 .2 4.9
2007–08 Philadelphia 81 61 23.2 .439 1.000 .467 7.5 .8 1.1 .1 5.2
2008–09 Philadelphia 79 7 14.4 .444 .000 .594 4.6 .3 .5 .1 3.3
Career 514 270 19.6 .468 .125 .525 6.9 .6 .7 .1 4.3

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Seattle 11 11 18.9 .405 .000 .524 7.4 .5 .4 .3 3.7
2005–06 Denver 5 0 13.8 .429 .000 .722 4.6 .0 .4 .2 3.8
2007–08 Philadelphia 6 0 24.7 .500 .000 .625 7.8 .5 .8 .0 6.8
2008–09 Philadelphia 5 0 7.2 .222 .000 .750 2.0 .0 .6 .0 1.4
Career 27 11 17.1 .418 .000 .627 6.0 .3 .6 .2 4.0

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