Feb 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Philadelphia 76ers small forward Evan Turner (12) hangs on the rim after dunking against the Chicago Bulls during the first quarter at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Tale of Two Turners


Not to long ago, the Sixers had the number two overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. With that pick in hand they selected a 6’7 wing player out of Ohio State. Evan Turner was supposed to be the next Joe Johnson so to speak but depending on who you ask, that has not transgressed. Since his arrival Turner has had mixed results. Some nights he plays like a true scoring machine with a dead on jump shot and can be an unstoppable slasher to the basket. Other nights he seems to forget how to play the game he sometimes excels at. He is in his third year in the league and is averaging a career best 14.0 points as well as career highs in both rebounding and assists. In his last five games he is avg. 15.0 points per game, but lets take a closer look at the numbers. He dropped 21 points last Sunday against the New York Knicks. The next game which was crucial against the Orlando Magic he was 2/7 from the floor and scored 10 points. Sadly, the next game against the Chicago Bulls he shot 6/16 from the floor and scored 12 points in a rather disappointing lose. But than the Sixers will play a tough team such as the Golden State Warriors. Turner played 43 minutes of quality top tier basketball shooting 10/15 from the floor and also added 10 rebounds and nine assists, one shy from what would have been a career first triple-double. When you finally think Evan Turner will turn the corner and be that break out scorer he again falls into the depths of mediocrity with a lackluster performance against a team like the Washington Wizards with a deplorable 4/13 shooting performance.

I am actually a huge fan of Evan Turner. He has potential to be a dynamite scorer and has the ability to be that nice compliment to a super star player. He, if were on a another team would be the perfect role player on a championship caliber team. I feel like if Doug Collins can figure out a way to bring out the best in Evan Turner on a consistent basis, Jrue Holiday will have a nice compliment to back up his scoring.

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