Hard to fathom, right?
Justin Harper—a rookie from Richmond—is an upgrade over a 32-year-old veteran who is set to make $11 million next year?
As good as Hedo Turkoglu's 10 points, four rebounds and four assists per game were last season—yes, I do think Justin Harper can put up better overall numbers.
You might expect a veteran player like Turkoglu to at least have the courtesy to up his effort level in the playoffs—but his 23 percent shooting from the three-point line and 15 total rebounds in a five-game series while at times appearing uninterested in the game prove otherwise.
Harper was said by many NBA scouts to be the best shooting big man in the 2011 NBA draft, and if you haven't seen him shoot for yourself, take a look at this.
Harper shot nearly 45 percent from three-point range during his senior year, up nearly 10 percent from his junior season.
His shooting will continue to get better with Dwight Howard forcing defenses to double down on him in the low post, which should create Rashard Lewis-type open shots in the corner for Harper.
I see Harper easily averaging around 16 points per game if Stan Van Gundy gives him the amount of minutes he deserves to get during the 2011-2012 season.