Years Pro: Two
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 13.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 42.7 percent shooting
Not enough good things can be said about Evan Turner.
The coined small forward is easily one of the most versatile athletes in the game and can play and defend four out of the five positions on the floor.
Defensively, Turner is an on-ball force. He's great at reading first steps, deciphering pump fakes and contesting shots in general. The spacing he leaves between him and the defender constantly varies and is tailored to exploit the weaknesses of each opponent.
Turner does tend to take some risks on the defensive end, often favoring which side he believes his man is likely to drive. Such reliance upon instincts can prove detrimental, yet for Turner, it's wildly effective.
On the season, he's holding opposing shooting guards and small forwards to a combined PER of 12.8 per 48 minutes, well below the league average of 15.
While Turner has always been valued for his defense, though, he has often received criticism for his offense. He's known as someone who can dabble in a bit of everything but excels at almost nothing. Until now, that is.
Perhaps the biggest knock against the Philadelphia 76ers swingman was his shooting. Prior to this season, he had combined to shoot 27.1 percent from beyond the arc in his first two years. During the 2012-13 campaign, he's upped his conversion rate to an impressive 37.9.
Even with the emergence of All-Star Jrue Holiday, Turner has managed to strengthen his reputation as a facilitator. He's dropping a career-high 4.4 dimes per contest and assisting on a career-best 19.7 percent of his Philly's field goals.
Also one of the best rebounders at his position, Turner has used his diversified skill set to become one of only 11 players currently averaging at least 10 points, five rebounds and four assists per game, a list that includes heralded superstars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
For Turner, potential has never been the issue. It's been a general question of when he'd start to reach said potential, which he now is.
We're just hardly talking about it.