Philadelphia 76ers: 5 Reasons For Evan Turner’s Sudden Regression
5 Reasons Evan Turner has Cooled Off
At the beginning of the season, Evan Turner was finally looking like the player the Philadelphia 76ers thought they were getting when they drafted him No. 2 overall a few years back. He was doing everything right for a team that came out of the gates winning. He was aggressively attacking the rim, getting to the free throw line and playing unselfish basketball.
Some of the highlights is a career high 31 points, seven double-doubles already this season and a game-winning buzzer beater on Friday night against the Brooklyn Nets. Turner even had his PER over 15 and was hovering around 50-percent shooting from the field for almost the entire month of November.
But as the Sixers began to struggle as a team Turner has as well. The Sixers are now 8-20 on the season and Turner hit a new low on Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks when he shot 2-for-15 from the field coming off the 29 point effort against the Nets. The inconsistency that troubled him through the first three years of his career is starting to rear its ugly head once again.
The overall numbers themselves still aren't bad as Turner is averaging 19.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and four assists per game. He is still shooting 44 percent, which is an upgrade from last year's 41 percent. But Turner isn't on the All-Star pace that he set himself up for with the first month of the year. Turner has certainly regressed and here are five reasons why.
5. Forcing the Issue
Lately, Turner has been playing out of control of late. He is still attacking the lane which is better than settling for jumpers but he is just throwing his body around trying to get calls and they are not coming his way. He gets a ton of his shots blocked which leads to a low field-goal percentage of late.
It's no coincidence that when Michael Carter-Williams went down with injury that Turner's scoring output didn't take a tip, but his efficiency did. With one less scorer on the floor, defenses have paid more attention to Turner.
3. Trade Rumors
With Turner becoming a restricted free agent next season, rumors are constantly swirling regarding trading the swingman and perhaps that is getting in his head of late. I'm sure it's not easy to have an uncertain future but Turner has to understand someone will pay him because he is a good player.
2. Crying for Calls
I think this is the biggest reason that Turner has regressed the past few weeks. He is going back to what he did his first three seasons and that is hanging his head when he doesn't get a call. One missed shot turns into five and before you know it, you're 2-for-15. He's still a young player and instead of crying for calls he needs to just let the game come to him and play his game.
1. Losing is Contagious
Turner's first 10 games of the season were all very solid and the team was 5-5 during that stretch. Since they are 3-15 and Turner has had four single-digit scoring efforts during that stretch. When the team starts to lose it gets contagious and the morale of the players just goes down.