Who’s This Guy?: Evan Turner

Welcome back to “Who’s This Guy?” a look at the 2013-14 Sixers Roster. Yesterday we met Nerlens Noel and his recovering ACL. Today, we look at Evan Turner

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Name: Evan Turner

Position: PG? SG? SF?

Number: 12

Age: 24

Height: 6’7

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

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One response

  1. Turner is a fun player to watch, I believe the skill set he brings to the team is definitely worth the second pick. If you ever get to watch the Sixers, this guys is an extremely efficient player in an open court situations as his size and athleticism allow him to run the wings, while his ball handling is good enough to lead the break (On a good night we might to see the shows close to the ones in Ohio, where he can really execute a one – man fastbreak). His jumpshot is still a bit sketchy, but he hustles on defense and is a good rebounder for his position and skill set. I think that the only way he fits in the sixers system though, is off the bench, as him coming in as a sixthman, would allow Sixers to run big players in the backcourt, which would result in better defensive stats, while having so many athletic players on that team, should make them sacry enough in transition and post transition stages, while the actual sets is just a question of exuction as even Turner himself is good enough in the post to dominate players with height deficits, while his ball handling should allow him to treat double teams well enough to create opportunities for his team. All in all he was a great pick up, and even if he doesnt work out for the sixers, he is a great trading asset to have.

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