Evan Turner Is Emerging As Philadelphia 76ers' Leader

By Alan Gung
Evan Turner
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The Philadelphia 76ers have played in three preseason games so far and it’s looking like Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner are where they’re expected to be. All three have been the most consistent, particularly Turner.

It’s still a bit early to truly determine, but Turner has emerged as the team’s leader and arguably best player. He scored 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds (two were offensive boards) and dished out four assists in the loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder; and nearly had a double-double in last night’s win against the Boston Celtics, scoring 12 points, pulling down nine rebounds and managing three assists.

He seems comfortable, so far, and has improved his offensive game.

Young played solid against the Thunder, but delivered last night scoring 20 points, grabbing six boards and managing three steals. He has been very good, so far.

As for Hawes, he’s managing to grab rebounds and score in double digits.

If the past two games against NBA teams indicate what to expect this season, then all three players mentioned above will be relied heavily upon. Point guard Michael Carter-Williams showed glimpses of his game the past two contests, but still seems to be adjusting. He struggled to score last night, managing only six points.

The Sixers don’t have a consistent player they can rely on off the bench, so far. Sixth man Tony Wroten scored 20 points against the Thunder, but struggled last night scoring six points. Until someone emerges, Hawes, Turner and Young have a chance to add to the injured list with the minutes they’ll be playing.

Luckily, this may only be temporary until Nerlens Noel and Arnett Moultrie come back in January.

Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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