Dec. 28, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard/forward Evan Turner during game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The 76ers defeated the Suns 103-83. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Could Hinkie Deal Turner?

Since the Philadelphia 76ers are entering “tank mode” next season there are thoughts that the team could look to move gurard Evan Turner.  Turner, a former second overall pick has been quite underwhelming in his brief three year stint.  He has averaged 10.1 points per game in his inconsistent career.  He has certainty let the fans down, and failed to live up to his hype.  However, he has teased Philly by showing flashes of a dominant scorer.  Last season he went on a tear and had people really thinking that this was the Turner that we had all imagined.  Eventually, his run came to an end and we saw the ordinary Turner.  No doubt he has tons of upside and potential but could Sam Hinkie look to shed his salary in mist of an all out tank next season?

The team is clearly looking to build for the future so why not just let Turner develop?  Sure he hasn’t been as good as we had hoped but he is still only 24.  Turner showed flashes of a great NBA player last season and showed that he can be a legitimate threat to score.  The Sixers will be desperate for scoring, so moving Turner would leave them without anyone who can score the basketball easily.  A major benefit to Evan Turner this year is the departure of Jrue Holiday.  Turner now becomes the main ball handler and the first option to score from the backcourt.  This could truly be a make or break year for Turner as the teams patience could soon run out.

On the other side of the argument there has been reports that Sixers could look to deal Evan Turner.  Moving him would only mean more draft picks in a tremendously deep draft, and more young talent to build around.  Also, this would free up more money for the team, and put them in better position to land a top free agent in the future.  Hinkie has been quiet, but affective in his time so far in Philadelphia so who knows what could be next.

Ultimately the Sixers should look to hold onto Evan Turner and give him one more chance to prove he was worth taking 2nd overall.  He has all the talent in the world, and can be a big time scorer in the league, but he has to put it all together.  The team is in for a rough season and will look to get scoring in any way possible, so Turner can really thrive.  Hinkie would be smart to not trade him and let Turner prove that he his worth a contract extension.  Everything is aligned for Evan Turner to have a breakout season, and be the leading scorer on the team.

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