Heading into the 2013-2014 campaign, the Philadelphia 76ers are clearly a team that is amidst a rebuilding process. After having traded away their best player in point guard Jrue Holiday for an unproven and injured rookie, it was blatantly obvious they had no plans to contend anytime soon.
One of the guys that needs to take hold of this process and start leading by example on the court is guard Evan Turner. Since being drafted three years ago, Turner hasn’t yet reached that point where the Sixers should feel satisfied with his play.
At Ohio State in his final year, Turner put up over 20 points, 9.2 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game in about 36 minutes per game.
Yes, I am aware that was merely college. But, in three seasons, Turner is only putting up 10.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and .7 steals per game in 28.5 minutes. This season, the Sixers will not succeed without Turner’s game improving drastically — and in every single area.
Turner was the second overall pick in his draft for a reason. The kid could do it all. At 6’7”, he’s a huge shooting guard with a full set of skills that have to be utilized and improved upon. Philadelphia can’t afford another year of mediocre play. He’s improved each year, yes, but not by much.
For a number two pick, Turner isn’t getting it done. This could be his team now if he wants it to be. All he’s got to do is reach out and grab it, run with it and prove that fact.