The Detroit Pistons kick off Summer League action in Las Vegas tonight at 7 p.m. but in addition to being without last year’s first-round pick they will also not see Keenan Evans who was recently signed to a two-way contract after going undrafted out of Texas Tech.
The reason Evans was likely undrafted in spite of a quality four-year career that saw his Red Raiders reach the Sweet 16 is because of a toe injury he suffered in February.
Evans played through the pain into the tournament with surgery soon afterward. A quick Google search doesn’t lead me to any indication that Evans was able to work out with teams and he did not attend the NBA Draft Combine.
In the tournament, Evans shot 43.5 percent and 38.5 percent from 3. Even playing on a broken toe, the point guard led his team in points, minutes, field goal attempts and shot a ridiculous 38 free throws in four games. The next closest member on his team, first-round pick Zhaire Smith, shot eight.
No timeline has been announced for Evans to return to the court.