Philly's Franchise Player Is Held Back: Why Evan Turner Needs More Playing Time

Darko MihajlovskiCorrespondent IIIJanuary 4, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 21: Head coach Doug Collins of the Philadelphia 76ers gives instructions to Evan Turner #12 during a game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on December 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the 76ers 121-76. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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When the Philadelphia 76ers took the No. 2 selection in the 2010 draft, they got in the right directions to start successfully the rebuilding process on the way. They had a ton of good players to choose from, but they got the NCAA Player Of The Year Evan Turner.

That was a good decision, considering that he won that award as a recognition of his play during college and leading the Ohio State, who seem to produce ready prospect. He averaged 20.6 points, 9.2 boards, 6.0 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.9 blocks on a 50.2 percentage from field.

Now that's a whole lot of versatility in there and a guy who has a bright future ahead of him for sure, who has all the tools to be the next great player. During the Summer league, he didn't play so well, but then there was the debut for Turner as a rookie against the Heat.

He squared off well against the superstar and experienced Dwyane Wade. He chipped in 16 points to go with seven boards and dished off four assists in the process. He also showed a lot of promise when he did a good crossover on Wade.

That was an excellent debut, but he is not receiving clear minutes as the other great rookies are such as John Wall, Blake Griffin, and so on. He logged on for 25 minutes in November and would have got the same if it hadn't been for Iggy's injury.

Now, I am surprised and shocked for a guy who's so terrific to get that little playing time. He's a franchise type of player. I'm totally sure he didn't came into the league to sit of the bench at this point and not to be in the starting lineup, where he can prove his qualities.

That can be demoralizing to a young prospect of his caliber who yet has to reach light days, which is a far thing. This is completely understandable and wrong to do, considering what this guy brings with his overall game.

He's got a fantastic skill set,which makes him the most complete and versatile player from the 2010 draft whose strong presence on both ends of the court. In offense, he's a good scorer who can create himself nice chances to score; he is a fine distributor, too.

On defense, he's shown flashes of brilliance too. He's a lockdown defender, and can play the passing lanes well. He also ranks up dozens of steals. He could be among the steal leaders if he can stay on the court longer.

However, the most valuable thing out of everything is probably his ability to rebound the ball. As a guard, he's already reached over 10 boards twice and just for the recent four games, has reached an overall number of six rebounds.

That's an impressive line, but during some time in November, he ripped 7.2 rebounds by being in for 32 minutes. That's an outstanding achievement for the young rookie and it shows so much about his talent to be a great basketball player.

He has reached the double-double figures twice, and has showed up in the recent Philly games. He has improved in the last three games during the absence of Iguodala, with averages of 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 dimes, and 1.7 steals.

Again, that's an improvement. He also shot way better from field. He's a strong rookie and he's a hard working player who consistently works to become better and better.

He's got the needed tools to be the "great" player and somehow enter the top three in the discussion of the Rookie of The Year race, which he's capable of. Philadelphia needs to trade Andre Iggy from there, as it will be in the use of all.

It will be another step forward as the team, led by this guy, Evan Turner will be heading for the playoffs on a winning stage as this team was once. He's totally deserving of more playing time.