This is his make or break year for him, so all of us here at The Sixer Sense will be keeping a close eye on our #2 pick from the 2010 draft, Evan Turner. He is probably going to be the spotlight of this team all season (sobs) and it is our job to tell you when he is sucking (which will be quite frequently) or, unlikely as it may be, when he is doing well. So this is your Evan Turner through two games pre-season report.
NOTICE* This is one of those times he’s actually been doing well, surprisingly. However, it is a small sample size, so there is still hope that he changes for the worse (hopefully).
Evan Turner is doing something in the pre-season that I never thought I would ever see happen; He’s attacking the rim… AND IT’S ON PURPOSE. He has been getting to the line consistently through the first 2 games, 10 times the first game and 12 the second game. This is coming from a guy who averaged 2.5 FTAs last year and is now averaging 11 FTAs per game.
This has stood out to me as the most improved area of his game. I can’t tell you how many hairs I have ripped out of my head from the number of pull-up jumpers he has taken in the past 3 years. I can thank Evan Turner for my receding hairline at the age of 22 (it’s not really receding, that’s an over-exaggeration). The fact that he has made an honest effort to be more aggressive and getting into the lane has been a breath of fresh air. He still is pulling up for jumpers (you can thank Doug Collins for that icky habit) but it has been at a lower rate so far. Hopefully as the season goes on, that habit will die out.
As much as I harp on it, his jumper has actually much more fluent this year. He doesn’t have that weird hitch; it looks as if he has finally become more comfortable with it. So far through the pre-season, he has shot a cool 45.2% from the field, whereas, he only shot 41.9% last year. I will say this about Evan, the more shots at the rim or free throw line, the better the Sixers will be. So, Evan, if you are reading this TAKE ALL THE JUMPERS YOU WANT TO! We don’t need you or this team to be good this year (kidding…only slightly).
Moving forward, I think Evan can score anywhere from 17-22 points this coming up season and grab 6-7 boards. I think we will see a dip in his assists mainly because there aren’t enough shooters on this team to help him out there. If Evan is looking to drive and dish to a shooter, he might as well throw something up at the hoop instead.
All in all, I think Evan will have a good year. Especially considering this is a contract year, he will be motivated to play well. Don’t worry though, Sixers fans, he won’t keep us from getting a top 3 pick.
Note- I love Evan Turner, he is not a bad player. So when I say things about him in a “you suck” manner, it is only because I have to find some type of humor to get through this season with my sanity.