Wow. Can I sum up the week any better than that? I mean seriously, wasn’t it the week that Sixers fans have been waiting for since June 2010? When Evan Turner finally played like the number two pick in the draft? Because it was certainly worth the wait if he keeps the wait.
After he started the week in Milwaukee with a dismal game on the offensive end of the floor by going 1 of 12, he picked up after that and was fantastic. He got to play with the ball in his hands against Boston, similar to his role at Ohio State in college, and took over the game. Turner scored a career high 26 points on 11 of 19 shooting, and got active on the boards as well, pitching in nine. It was the kind of break out performance many expected from Turner so long ago, but, as the saying goes, better late than never.
That wasn’t all that Turner did this week though. The Sixers played two nights later at home against Utah, and were trying to avenge their loss at Salt Lake City (I refuse to call Salt Utah the Jazz. It makes no sense at all. When you move from New Orleans, do not keep a name that makes no sense in your new location, like the Grizzlies and the Lakers. Ok, I am done). Evan Turner again started in that game, and grabbed a double double, with 12 boards and 16 points, to go along with six assists. Turner played a phenomenal 43 minutes, by far the team lead, and played on the ball for long stretches. This is good for a couple reasons. Number one, Turner is much more comfortable on the ball, playing point forward basically in college, and Jrue Holiday actually played off the ball in college for large stretches. This switch may put both into something of a comfort zone. I would go on, but I would be talking about someone besides Evan Turner, and this is an Evan Turner only zone.
So, with one game left in the week, Turner had a chance to really shine against Linsanity and the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden. And shine like this he did, with 24 points on a very efficient 14 shots, and 15 rebounds. This was all a part of a pretty comfortable win for the Sixers, in large part due to Lou Williams in the third quarter going off all because of Evan Turner. I mean, maybe not, but that stat line is unreal for a guard. If you think about other guards that can put up that stat line, Rajon Rondo is the only one that comes to mind, and he actually manages to have a worse jumper than Turner does, somehow. Turner also had the best +/- of anyone on the Sixers, although single game +/- really isn’t a good measure.
So, with this week in his pocket, Turner will play some tougher competition next week in the Bulls and the Heat, and that will be a much tougher test. Now, though? Let’s just enjoy this incredibly fantastic week from Turner.