Philadelphia 76ers’ guard/forward, Evan Turner, left a preseason game against the Boston Celtics on Sunday night early due to what was reported as a left ankle sprain via Sixers’ Director of Public Relations, Michael Preston.
Turner (6-foot-7, 220 lbs) is from Chicago, IL, and is a former Ohio State Buckeye who went 2nd overall in the 2010 NBA Draft. Since coming to the Sixers he’s been a hub of social media publicity but mostly seen as a player who hasn’t reached his full potential yet. After scoring only 9.4 points and 5. 8 rebounds per game he’s become seen as a great rebounder and defender but not a player who can really bring the spark offensively that the Sixers need.
The third year returner in a Sixers jersey left the game with 10 points and 5 rebounds in 26 minutes while shooting 4-11 from the field. After being moved to forward for this coming season by Coach Doug Collins due to a lack of depth at the wing position, Turner openly voiced his concerns with the move. Even though it would give him more opportunities to greatly rebound the ball it seemed as though he was displeased with his use in the team’s rotation.
Turner, a player known for voicing his opinions at many times, was a player who got into numerous verbal scuffles via Twitter and other forms of social media during his collegiate career. Most notably having quarrels with guards from Kansas State and Iowa University during his last season playing.
With Turner possibly out for a week of play before the beginning of the season, the lack of depth is apparent in the Sixers roster and Collins will need to find someone to step up in place of the hurting Evan Turner.
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