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It has taken some time, but Turner seems to be getting it
Now, Evan Turner's grade might seem like a bit of a stretch, but it's not when you look at how he's progressed since last year. It's also finally feeling like Philadelphia has gotten that player that they drafted with the No. 2 pick three years ago.
It has taken some time, but Evan Turner has arrived.
Okay, the season is still young so we can't get ahead of ourselves too quickly. With that being said, Turner has increased nearly every statistical number by large amount except his field goal percentage. People have consistently knocked his shooting throughout his young career so it seems like that would be a bad thing. Fortunately, he gets a pass on that one since his free-throw and three-point percentages have gone up this year despite his total field goal percentage dropping.
There's a clear next step for Turner and that has to do with his consistency. Look at a random box score over the first quarter of the Sixers season and you'll find a great 26-point, 10-rebound and 5-assist performance, followed by a 13-point, 3-rebound and 3-assist game. He needs to be able to put together big games at a regular rate. Based on his improvement thus far, being more consistent seems more and more possible from Turner.
Season stats: 14.9 PPG, 7.0 RPG and 4.0 APG.