EVAN TURNER, Philadelphia 76ers
Evan Turner is poised for a breakout year. Philadelphia made major changes to their wing rotation this offseason and it will mean more minutes and touches for Turner. During the rare times Andre Iguodala was on the bench last season (he averaged 36 minutes a game), Turner slid to the small forward spot and showed that he can produce. According to 82games.com, when Turner was playing the three, the 76ers were an impressive plus-61. With Iguodala now in Denver, Turner will receive ample time at small forward and will be surrounded with floor-spacing shooters like Jason Richardson and Nick Young. Turner has an above average assist-to-turnover ratio for a swingman and will see plenty of opportunities to initiate the offense as the 76ers will lack ballhandlers when Jrue Holiday sits. Doug Collins revealed his plan in an interview with CSNPhilly.com:
“I could sub for Jrue early in the game with another perimeter guy and let Evan play out the quarter and then come back with Jrue as the point guard with our second unit and let Evan rest. I think what you will see is Jrue and Evan playing point guard with the second unit based on night to night.”
Turner has a lot to live up to as a former No. 2 overall pick, but Doug Collins should give him every opportunity to begin realizing his potential this season.