The Charlotte Bobcats would make the playoffs if the 2013-14 NBA season were to end today. With 32 games still left to play on their schedule, though, the 22-28 Bobcats are hardly standing on solid ground right now. As a result, Charlotte is a team that could creep into trade discussions as we near the Feb. 20 NBA Trade Deadline.
The latest report out of Charlotte, from Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, says that the team has expressed some interest in current Philadelphia 76ers wing Evan Turner. Reports have also come out that Turner has been made available on the trade market if the price is right, so there is probably some traction to the rumblings out of the Queen City.
For the rebuilding Sixers this season, the fourth-year player out of Ohio State has enjoyed a bit of a renaissance in his career after failing to live up to expectations as the second-overall pick in the 2010 draft over his first three years in the league. In his 48 appearances on the year, Turner has put up 17.9 points, six boards, 3.8 assists and one steal per game while shooting 43.4 percent from the floor, though he’s still shooting a poor 28.6 percent from three.
In terms of how Turner would fit in with Charlotte, though, I’m not a fan of how he would fit into their team. Granted his defensive numbers are hurt by the Sixers’ putrid team defense, but Synergy has him ranked as only the 392nd best defender in the league, allowing 1.05 points per possession. For a defensive-minded Charlotte team, that’s not exactly a bright spot.
On the other end of the floor, Turner has been a much more productive player on the offensive end than both Gerald Henderson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist—the two players he would likely take minutes from. However, the addition of Turner would fail to address the Bobcats’ biggest offensive need, that being an efficient outside scorer who can also defend well.
Considering that the Sixers would likely be looking to acquire a draft pick in exchange for Turner’s services, dealing for Turner seems like a move that wouldn’t really move the needle all that much for Charlotte. He’d be a mild upgrade offensively, but would also likely hurt the Bobcats’ defense in the process. If the Bobcats are, in fact, looking to make a move at the deadline to sure up their postseason chances this year, there are better options to pursue than Turner.