Can Evan Turner Reach His Potential in 2013?

Evan Turner was drafted by the 76ers with the 2nd overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, and was expected to become an NBA star. So far, that has not come close to happening, with Turner struggling to translate his game from Ohio State to the NBA. He did take some steps to improving last season, averaging 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game.

Offensively he has a very unique game. He has a very unorthodox shooting form, but does have a decent touch from mid-range, and can finish at the rim as well. Turner took big steps towards improving his three-point shot last year, shooting it at .365%, but he still has a lot of work to be done. The 76ers need him to be much more consistent with his shooting number, and they need him to be more aggressive as well.

evan-turnerDuring his tenure with the Buckeyes of Ohio State University, he was an extremely aggressive scorer, and led his team almost each and every night. So far in his career with Philadelphia, he has been unable to retain that aggressive attitude, and has been a major disappointment on the offensive side of the basketball.

This past off-season, the Philadelphia 76ers trade away their All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. This has a huge impact on Turner’s upcoming season, as he is now the veteran in the back-court, and will be asked to step up and make plays. He’s the one guy in the starting lineup that is capable of being a play-maker consistently that has any kind of NBA experience. There have been rumors swirling the past year or so that the 76ers were looking to trade Turner, but the fact that they moved Holiday and not Turner makes a statement. They are giving him one more season to prove to them that he can live up to the potential that they saw in him when they made their selection in 2010.

Turner is one of the most complete shooting  guards in the league as far as all-around skill, but he has to put everything together and be consistent each game. He is a play-maker for his teammates as you can tell by his average of 4.3 assists per game last year, and is a very good rebounder for his position as well.

He’s a solid defensive player as well, but could use a little bit of work on his lateral quickness and footwork. There’s not too much to pick apart about his defensive game, but he needs to work on staying in front of his opponent a little bit better. He has the potential to become a very good defender as well if he decides to put his mind to it and work hard.

Overall, Evan Turner is expected to have a much better season, but there are some things he needs to work on. If he’s willing to buckle down and work hard on his game, he could finally start to reach for the potential that he undoubtedly has. Consistency is the key for Evan Turner, and with a new coaching staff and team around him in Philly, it will be interesting to watch him this coming year.

Evan Massey is the Lead Editor at Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan and Hoops-Nation on Twitter.

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