After averaging around 14 points a night in the months of November and December Evan Turner has been less than stellar for the Philadelphia 76ers in January. Turner has had a tough time adjusting to the NBA game ever since entering the league as the second overall draft pick in the 2010–Turner’s rookie season was incredibly poor as the rookie received only 23.0 minutes a night and averaged a hint over seven points per contest.
The 76ers are fearful that Turner is regressing instead of progressing in his third NBA season as he has averaged only 11.6 points per game in January. We thought he turned a new leaf in 2013 with a 22 point effort versus the abysmal Los Angeles Lakers on the first of the year. Instead, he has scored below double-digits three times since then and has not eclipsed the 14 point mark.
Not to mention, Turner isn’t doing anything else really well either as his rebound and assists averages have decreased since the calendar turned to January. The sky is still the limit for the 6-7 220 pound freak athlete who could not miss while at Ohio State University. Turner is still looking to find an identity as he does everything just good enough but, is not great at one certain thing–this will have to change or Turner may find a new home come seasons end.
Philadelphia’s next contest will be against the San Antonio Spurs who have been playing great ball of late and have lost just 11 times all season. Hopefully Turner can break out of his month-long slump and hit double figures on Monday night.