Evan Turner averaged just 9.4 points per game last season, but that should see a stark rise this upcoming year. His assist output should go up as well.
Why is this? There are two reasons.
For one, Turner is simply developing as a player—and, entering his third season, we should begin to see more maturity and realized potential.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, Andre Iguodala is no longer with the Philadelphia 76ers, creating an opportunity for Turner to become the premier backcourt player for Philly.
Turner and fellow youngster Jrue Holiday should both see a surge in responsibilities this coming season, but Turner is the one more suited to develop into a superstar.
At his height (6'7'') and with his perimeter ball-handling skills, he could soon become a consistent triple-double threat. He is remarkably versatile and is capable of attacking the rim, knocking down the pull-up jumper or dishing to open teammates.
What's more, he's now playing with big man Andrew Bynum, which provides him with quite a frontcourt mate and passing target.
Things are shaping up very nicely for Turner, and don't be surprised if he and Bynum both represent Philly at the 2013 All-Star game.
Predicted Numbers for Turner: 17.1 PPG, 5.1 assists per game, 7.0 rebounds per game