Philadelphia 76er Evan Turner Is the Next Allen Iverson

Chris SchaeferContributor IOctober 28, 2010

The next Allen Iverson?
The next Allen Iverson?Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

The title of this article is a very bold statement, please allow me to explain:

As Allen Iverson is packing his bags for Turkey this week, his shadow still remains in Philadelphia. It was 14 years ago that the crossover heard around the world took place, a game against the Bulls that people still talk about today. Well, maybe no one talks about the game in particular, and no, “we aren’t talking about practice” either. We’re talking about the craziest crossover anyone has ever seen on the NBA stage. Iverson crossed over on the great Michael Jordan and left him falling over himself as he sunk a jumper. When I first saw it, I thought Michael Jordan broke both of his ankles.

Last night I had déjà vu. Evan Turner had a 16-point, 7 rebound, 4-assist night, but it was one specific play that reminded me of Allen Iverson.

Turner crossed over on Dwayne Wade just like Iverson crossed over on Jordan and had the same results. Wade cried to the officials that it was a carry, just like Jordan cried that night in 1996. Thus, the torch has been passed.

Sixers fans let out a collective sigh of relieve last night. We all had the calming feeling that things would be OK.

Turner was drafted second overall in the 2010 draft and after seeing what he did in Summer League no one was too impressed. But again, “we ain't talking about practice!” We’re talking about the game. Last night Turner showed that he had game. He came off the bench, and took a little time to find his place on the court but finished off strong.

Perhaps he learned from the mistakes that Iverson made in the past. He was quoted as saying “I’ve always thought people would like to see a plane crash rather than see it land. Sometimes I do want to say, Hey, look at me now. But that’s not a classy thing to do.” Wow, powerful words from a rookie that looks to be a powerful leader on a team that needs him more than ever.

This article was also published here: Philly Sports God Blog