Philadelphia 76ers: Evan Turner Facing Make-or-Break Season in 2013

By Ryan Heckman


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Coming out of Ohio State in the 2010 NBA Draft, Evan Turner was looked at as one of the next great shooting guards in the league. He was an exciting player that could score in a variety of ways and the Philadelphia 76ers saw him as the future of their franchise. Unfortunately, his career is taking a bit longer to pan out in the way they envisioned.

In 2013, Turner approaches his fourth season as a pro with big expectations. He’s steadily improved his scoring average throughout his career, but his shooting has still been lackluster overall and not nearly what it should have been with his type of expectations.

For the 76ers to have any success in the upcoming season, Turner will have to be the man. Trading away the only true All Star they had in Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia is desperate for a star at this point. They believe they have gotten one in rookie Nerlens Noel, but he won’t be playing for a long time.

In the meantime, the 76ers’ chances of winning look bleak. Turner has an opportunity to change their fortune is he is up for the challenge. His career scoring average of 10.1 points on 42.8 shooting isn’t terrible, but is not nearly what the team had expected from him.

He will have to greatly improve his scoring this season and do it in a big way. Offensive efficiency, movement without the ball and shot selection will be significant areas he will need to focus on.

Turner is definitely athletic enough to get to the basket and finish but he also has to harness his athleticism and convert those drives into points. Improving his jumper into a consistent weapon will be one of his top priorities as well. If Turner doesn’t want to be labeled as a bust, he better show up in 2013.

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