Jodie Meeks Shines Once Again: What Does This Mean For Evan Turner?

Michael FoglianoAnalyst IDecember 5, 2010

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 26: Guard Jodie Meeks #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers talks to the referee against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on November 26, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Heat defeated the 76ers 99-90.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Last night, the Philadelphia 76ers bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Atlanta Hawks by defeating the Charlotte Bobcats, 109-91.

A key player in this victory was definitely shooting guard Jodie Meeks.

Meeks dropped a total of 26 points. He tied a franchise record of most points scored in the first quarter with 20 (Allen Iverson did so).

Head coach Doug Collins has been saying all along that he has been looking for the right starting five that flows together.

Meeks has recently shined twice, scoring over 20 points each time. He is starting to prove that he can be an everyday guard.

But what does this mean for Evan Turner?

When Meeks is hot and in the starting lineup, Turner is invisible. In the two games where Meeks has scored over 20, Turner was scoreless. 

Collins has to keep Meeks in the starting five because he is playing too well. Therefore, Andre Iguodala will move to the small forward position.

What do we do with Turner? Keep him on the bench? Send him to the D-League?

Well, I think we should send Turner to the D-League.

Have him tear it up there and work on the small things he needs to improve upon. He's clearly been invisible when Meeks is on fire, so he is not getting anything out of sitting on the bench.

It's for the best for him and our franchise for the time being.

However, if Iguodala leaves soon, we can play Turner at small forward.

The Sixers have to see if they found something good in Meeks. He could be that shooter that Turner needs to be surrounded by in the future.