Philadelphia 76ers Will Need More Consistent Evan Turner

By Andy Schmidt
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It is going to be a long offseason for the Philadelphia 76ers trying to figure out what went wrong this season. Philadelphia went from a playoff team to a team that won just 34 games. The Andrew Bynum plan didn’t work out and coach Doug Collins has left.

There are going to be players that need to pick up their games ever more next season if this team wants to make the playoffs again, and I think that starts with the ever-improving Evan Turner.

Turner started every game this year for Philadelphia while averaging 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. There is definitely room for more improvement from the small forward, who will enter his fourth NBA season next year.

There have been questions for his whole career about being consistent and while his points per game has improved each year since entering the league, more is needed. He shot just under 42 percent from the field and was only a 74 percent free-throw shooter. If Turner wants to be a key member of this team going forward, those numbers must improve.

I could see Turner becoming a player that scores over 15 points a game and pulling down six or seven rebounds. He needs to do that or he is going to be looked at as a bust by many observers, thought I don’t think we are at that point yet.

I would give Turner another season to see if he can figure it all out. He will be in the final year of his rookie contract next year and I think he can make it a point that Philadelphia re-signs him, or he will be looking for a new address.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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