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With Jrue Holiday out of the picture, Evan Turner has earned the title of go-to scorer for the Philadelphia 76ers by default.
And while Holiday's departure may spell doom for the Sixers from an offensive standpoint, it will finally give Turner the time and space he needs to create off the dribble, something he did infrequently with Holiday at the controls.
In an impressive showing last Sunday against Spanish opponent Bilbao, Turner led all scorers with 25 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field (1-of-3 from three), grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists.
Turner put up another solid stat line in the Sixers' preseason loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Manchester, England. In 36 minutes, Turner dropped in 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out four assists.
It's safe to say that the touches will be there for Turner this season.
The real focus will be on his aggression, or lack thereof. He's struggled to consistently get to the rim and draw contact since being selected No. 2 overall.
However, a couple of promising numbers emerged from early preseason action. Turner attempted 12 freebies in the exhibition opener and 10 in the team's second game against the Thunder.