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Evan Turner is playing great basketball.
It will have only taken four seasons, but Evan Turner looks like he's on track to turn the corner and become somebody worthy of a prior No. 2 selection.
Turner has been the victim of constant negative criticism. Year after year goes by and it seems like more and more people start to dislike the shooting guard.
It's hard to see why if you only look at his numbers. Turner averaged 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists during the 2012-13 season. Every NBA team would love to have a player like that on their roster, but Turner continually gets looked down at more than he's praised.
The upcoming season is a make-or-break year for the shooting guard, and it looks like he knows it. In five preseason games, Turner has averaged 18.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 7.4 free-throw attempts per game.
Talk about an improvement.
The most important of those stats is the 7.4 free-throw attempts per game. It shows a level of physicality that Turner has failed to reach thus far in his career.
He'll have more than enough time on the floor to put up bigger numbers. We'll just have to see if he can carry his preseason performance over to the regular season.
He certainly looks like he's on the right track.