Name: Evan Turner
Position: PG? SG? SF?
College: Ohio State
2013-14 Salary (per Basketball-Reference.com): $6.67 Million
2012-13 Stats (per Basketball-Reference.com): 35.3 MPG, 13.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 4.3 APG
How Acquired: Drafted 2nd overall in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Pros: Turner is a really good player when the offense runs through him, which it will probably have to this season. He can create his own shots, he doesn’t turn the ball over much and he is a pretty decent passer. He can play guard or run as the point forward and does seem to understand the game really well. He’s a great rebounder and gets himself in good position on the defensive end most of the time. He has a good mid-range game and can run the floor well which helps with transition.
Cons: He finally started all 82 games last season and seemed to be out of Coach Doug Collins’ doghouse, which he was in for reasons no one is sure of. He was a productive player when he was playing significant minutes. However, was he worth the number two pick? Does he really figure into the team’s long-term plans? Will he ever improve his three point shooting? Will he stop settling for mid-range shots when he’s strong enough to take the ball to the rim?
At the time he was drafted, he seemed like the best choice. John Wall went first, and the team was building around Jrue Holiday, so they didn’t need another point guard anyway. There were a lot of questions about DeMarcus Cousins and Derrick Favors and Wesley Johnson sucks. Now, three years removed from that draft who knows? New coach, new team, new direction. If it all blows up the team might try and move Turner. Michael Carter-Williams will be the team’s future PG, and hopefully they have a SF coming in the upcoming draft. If Turner is at his most effective with the ball in his hands, where will that leave him?
Tomorrow: Thaddeus Young