By Taylor Sturm @TSturmRS on July 23, 2014
A lot of people were scratching their heads after the Boston Celtics signed Evan Turner in free agency from the Pacers, but this move could be the biggest of the offseason next to Cleveland’s acquisition of LeBron James. Not only does Turner fit in with the Celtics, but his recent loss of form can be attributed to fixable things. Here are five reasons why Turner will fit well in Boston.
Turner was averaging over 17 points per game with the Philadelphia 76ers before going to the Indiana Pacers. With the Pacers he averaged just over seven points per game but saw limited minutes. With a severe lack of veteran talent in Boston, Turner could see close to 40 minutes per game all season long.
If you look at last season’s Celtics, they had the pieces to put together a decent season. However, they just couldn’t score enough to win games. Boston brought in rookie James Young in the 2014 NBA Draft, and Turner and Young could be just the one-two punch that the Celtics need on the outside.
Stevens has a connection with Turner through Thad Matta, who was Turner’s coach at Ohio State. Nothing helps a struggling player get back on his feet more than feeling comfortable. Stevens was a huge part of the reason why Turner came to Boston.
Rondo is one of the top point guards in the NBA, and his injuries have crushed any chance Boston has had at recent success. Hopefully he’ll be 100 percent upon return, which means Turner is guaranteed some success. Rondo makes everyone around him better.
Evan Turner has the potential to be a talented, consistent NBA scorer; it’s as simple as that. He’s got the size, the shot and the skill to be averaging 20-plus points a game. All Turner needs is confidence in himself and the players around him and we could see a transformation almost immediately.
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