Just a few weeks removed from taking a major flier on disgruntled center Andrew Bynum, the Indiana Pacers are looking to turn trash into treasure yet again. This time, the Pacers have their sights set on Evan Turner, who the team acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers via trade on Thursday. Many NBA pundits are calling the Turner trade the biggest of the 2014 NBA Trade Deadline as it involved Danny Granger, who is just two years removed from an All-Star campaign of his own.
Moreover, Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard clearly sees something in Turner that the rest of us just can’t see. Turner has had the “bust” label stamped across his forehead for quite some time as the former second-overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft is slowly making strides in the right direction.
With that being said, the 25-year-old shooting guard is in the midst of a big crossroads in his career. Turner’s much maligned time in Philly is now over, which means his resume now contains a major red flag. If the 6-foot-7 guard is unable to produce for a winning organization like the Pacers then other NBA teams will surely have a tough time trusting Turner’s ability.
Sure, the fourth-year pro might be able to post a 17.4 points per game average with the sputtering 76ers, but Turner’s career relies on what he can go for Pacers head coach Frank Vogel from now until June.