If well-wishers are warning to not Google search Evan Fournier’s name in the search bar, there’s a reason for that. Basketball reference has “Don’t Google” as Fournier’s nickname, which on first impression sounds strange since it’s nowhere close to the Frenchman’s real name.
Well, here’s the reason: Fournier shares the same last name as a disease of male genitalia, fournier gangrene. A further Google search results in some graphic images, which is why others are so adamant on not searching the sharpshooter’s last name by itself.
Fortunately, a Google search for his full name shows the 28-year-old’s headshot and some accompanying stats. The Celtics reportedly acquired the former Magic guard Thursday for two second-round picks, hours before the 3 p.m. trade deadline.
Fournier is in on the joke since that’s how he introduced himself to Celtics fans on Twitter.
“Hi @celtics fans,” Fournier wrote on Twitter. “If you’re not familiar with me, please Google my last name. You’re welcome.”
Here are four other things to know about the newest Celtics guard:
Fournier has increased his point-per game average every season in the league: It’s not too difficult to see how Fournier’s addition will boost the Celtics’ on-court product almost immediately. Fournier’s averaging 19.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game this season and should be a stellar third or fourth offensive option when he’s on the court.
Fournier has increased his scoring average every season he’s been in the league. Where Celtics fans are perhaps most interested in is his sharpshooting: He’s a career 37.6% 3-point shooter and making 38.8% of his attempts this season.
Whether he comes off the bench or is in the starting lineup, Fournier will be crucial to the Celtics’ down the stretch in clutch lineups. His presence alone will open up driving lanes and the paint as defenders will need to mark the shooter at the 3-point line.
Fournier is still only 28 years old: If it seems like Fournier has been in the league for an extended period, it’s because he has. He’s in his eighth season in the NBA after being selected in the first round of the 2012 draft. That doesn’t mean he’s that old, though, not turning 29 until October. That’s a plus for the Celtics as Fournier isn’t too far off from the Celtics’ timeline.
While there are some questions of Fournier’s long-term viability with the franchise, there are some positives from the trade. Fournier is making $17.1 million this season and is set to be a free agent. But Celtics president Danny Ainge has said multiple times he doesn’t like the idea of trading for a rental player, meaning there’s a good chance Boston plans to re-sign Fournier.
The Celtics have his Bird Rights, meaning they can offer him more money than any other team in the open market, which should bode well to keep Fournier in Boston past this season.
He has some international experience, including beating some current Celtics: Fournier represented France in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. If that sounds familiar, it’s because France beat the United States 89-79 in the quarterfinals of the tournament. The loss snapped a 58-game winning streak for the U.S. through FIBA and Olympic competitions.
That U.S. roster wasn’t at full strength as numerous superstars opted out. But it did feature four current Celtics: Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart. Perhaps Fournier will have a bit of bragging rights after that game.
Fournier had a stellar game in helping France beat the U.S., scoring a team-high 22 points on 9-for-21 shooting. France went on to earn the bronze medal.
Fournier loved the Kings growing up: Fournier found his love for basketball by watching the early-2000s Sacramento Kings. He even took parts of that team with him as he wears the No. 10 jersey in honor of another strong 3-point shooter: Mike Bibby.
Luckily, nobody on the Celtics currently wears that jersey number, so it’s all for Fournier to take once he suits up with the squad.
Story by Souichi Terada, MassLive.com.