Although Evan spent most of the regular season as a rotation player, he has become a playmaker for a Philadelphia 76ers team during a deep playoff run. Despite his weaknesses, he has shown enough production to remove the “bust” label from his resume.
But what kind of player can Evan develop into going forward?
Many national media members have suggested that the 76ers should be happy if Evan develops into a solid starter. I disagree.
Evan can become an All Star if he makes the following tweaks to his game.
Be More Consistent
Inconsistency is certainly magnified during the NBA playoffs. Although Evan Turner is not alone in this, he must become more consistent.
The 76ers rely on Evan to be a playmaker. When Turner’s offensive game disappears, so does the 76ers’, as seen during their series against the Celtics. It is no surprise that three out of four of Philadelphia's losses came when Evan scored under 12 points.
In order for Evan to become an All-Star he must be engaged in the game for all four quarters, night in and night out.
Develop a Post-up Game
Even though, in the playoffs, Evan improved his scoring average to 11.2 PPG, that is far behind some of his peers (DeMarcus Cousins averaged 18.1, John Wall 16.3 and Greg Monroe 15.4).
Turner is not a gifted shooter, so he must find ways to score easily. Logic says the closer you are to the basket, the easier it should be to score. With Evan’s size and power, he should have a significant advantage against most guards. This alone won’t make him an All-Star, but adding three or four easy buckets per game will significantly increase his chances.
Learn to Shoot the Three
In the playoffs Evan missed all six of his three-point attempts, and in the regular season he only managed to make 22 percent. Going forward, if Evan can raise his three-point percentage from 22 to 37 percent, he will become very dangerous offensively.
Right now Turner needs to drive to the basket to have any success as an offensive player. If a team is effective in taking that away from Evan, he labors to score. With the three-point shot he will be able to score without dominating the ball. Also, if a defender has to guard Evan all the way to the three-point line then he will have more driving lanes.
Considering that a notoriously poor shooter like Andre Iguadala managed to shoot 39 percent from three this season, Evan should be able to achieve that level.
As of today, Evan is far away from reaching an All-Star level. Although he plays very good defense and is an exceptional rebounder at guard, he is inconsistent and his offensive game is one-dimensional. Although there is no guarantee that he will ever make an All-Star game, if he makes these tweaks to his game he can become a devastating offensive player and a leader on his team.