We all knew this day was coming, and finally, it is upon us. The eagle has landed… or shall I say, Evan Turner has landed! The Philadelphia area has a new kid in town, and hopefully, a savior! Okay, maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself, but I truly believe Turner has the capability to be an All-Star caliber player someday, and he should definitely make an impact in the upcoming season.
With Turner in our rotation, our offense immediately goes from a C rating to a B in my mind, and if we can receive any production from our bigs, specifically Elton Brand, we have a chance to be one of the better offenses in the Eastern conference. Call me crazy, but with the additions of Spencer Hawes, Andres Nocioni, and now Evan Turner, I believe we have a legitimate chance to make the playoffs, and win a round. Now this statement would certainly sound better if the Sixers were to get another weapon down low, whether that be later tonight in the draft or free agency (and we all know about this free agency class!).
The Turner addition not only helps our team, but it helps one specific player out, second-year man, Jrue Holliday. Since he is our new starting point guard, he will need all the help he can get. Holliday is a typical point guard – pass first, shoot if you have to – and if he can develop a rhythm with Turner (which hopefully he does), the Sixers will have a great tandem for many years to come.
Now all I’ve been talking about is how our offense has gotten better, but Turner excels in all areas of the game. He is a solid rebounder for his position, somewhat similar to Shawn Marion, and he will man up with whoever he’s assigned. His long body frame will give him an advantage on smaller guards in the league, and his quickness and athleticism will match up with the best guards in the league (okay, maybe not Kobe).
Overall, this pick up puts Philly in a great position to succeed in the 2010-11 season, and with free agency around the corner, could we see another big move in the future for Philly?