After two humdrum seasons in a Sixers uniform, Evan Turner appears to have found his groove in the NBA while in his third year with Philadelphia. The former 2nd pick of the 2010 draft is now averaging career-highs in points, assists and rebounds as the Sixers’ starting small forward. He’s now recognized as one of Philly’s better scoring options next to Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young.
His coming-out party couldn’t have come at a better time, with the Sixers struggling to stay afloat without their star center, Andrew Bynum. Just last season, Turner was nothing but a mere sophomore in the league, averaging 9.4 points a night while also trying to prove he’s no draft bust. With Andre Iguodala gone, Turner’s playing time opening up tremendously, especially after a solid effort during last year’s playoff run.
This season, the 24-year-old swingman is becoming a force on offense alongside Holiday. The Philly duo is now looking more comfortable on the floor together, with Turner slowly improving with each showing. He still has his ups-and-downs, but his shot selection and three-point shooting are some progressions worth noting for the former Ohio State standout.
During last night’s win against the Lakers, Turner finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. This season he’s averaging 14.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. His strong play will need to continue as Philly continues their four-game road trip against some of the better teams in the West such as the Thunder and the Spurs.