The first week of the season, the Philadelphia 76ers were the best story in all of the NBA. But to say the tables have turned since is a massive understatement. They have gone from 3-0 to losing 16 of their last 20. It’s hard when head coach Brett Brown has been dealt a roster with not many true NBA players but he is getting the most out of his team. They play at an extraordinary pace and are putting points on the board and getting up a ton of shots, and most importantly for Sixers fans is that they are starting to see what former No. 2 overall pick Evan Turner is truly capable of.
Turner started the season off red-hot scoring 18 points or more in each of his first 10 games. His numbers are still career bests this year at 20.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. But it’s not secret that the numbers have tailed off as of late and Turner’s frustrations are starting to mount. His field-goal percentage is now down to 45.5 after hovering around 50 for the first 12 games of the season.
The biggest thing that is alarming in Turner’s game and the thing that Brown is trying to focus on is the mental mistakes and the pouting. Fans should be happy that Turner is being aggressive and attacking the rim but he is still hanging his head when he doesn’t get the calls and that is affecting his play on the defensive end of the floor. Turner doesn’t get a call and he leaves his other four teammates out to dry but not picking up his man.
Turner’s PER has also dropped below the league average of 15 on to 14.84. He is going through a bit of a shooting slump right now but that happens. He is still having the best year offensively of his career but now in his fourth year, the rookie mental mistakes and hanging of the head just has to stop. As those have increased, so have the losses for the Sixers. Turner is playing for a contract next year and he needs to show more maturity if he thinks anyone is going to commit to him long term.