Philadelphia 76ers: Evan Turner Turns Heads in His Best Performance as a Pro

Ronnie HampstonCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Evan Turner #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers and Team Chuck posts up against Kemba Walker #1 of the Charlotte Bobcats and Team Shaq during the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge part of the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend at Amway Center on February 24, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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One game does not define a player, but it can do a lot for a player's confidence. 

Evan Turner played a great game last night against the Boston Celtics. Turner sliced and diced, and lived in the paint throughout the night. 

Turner finished up with 26 points and nine rebounds. Turner played at the point guard position for most of his minutes, being that he is more comfortable at the One. Backcourt mate Jrue Holiday slid to the two guard while Turner took the reigns of the point guard position.

It was good to see Turner have this type of game.

At Ohio State University, Turner played the point guard position and faired well by winning the Naismith Player of the Year in 2010.

It was evident that the Celtics were tired after coming off of two overtime games, but I don't want to take anything away from what Turner did on the court.

Being that this was Turner's second start this season many people in the media, as well as fans, were ready to write Turner off as a "bust".

It is still early too call Turner a bust. With inconsistent playing time it was hard to gauge what type of player Turner could become.

Head Coach Doug Collins noted last night that Turner will remain a starter for the rest of the season. A statement like that coming from Collins either means that he has total confidence in Turner or he is being pressured to play Turner by the Front Office.

We have seen several players have one hit wonder type of games, but I hope the outcome is a little different when talking about Turner.

Now that Turner will have a chance to show his skills by having consistent playing time, it will be important for him to keep pressing forward. We all know Turner will not average the numbers he put up against the Celtics, but I think it is realistic for him to average 15 ppg, seven rebounds and seven assists in the future.

Turner has shown flashes of his all-around play while he was coming off the bench, but now the opportunity is here for him to succeed. Turner has been waiting for this moment since entering the league.

Now it is up for him to show that he can deliver.