Is Evan Turner Really a Point Guard?
Coach Doug Collins said that Evan Turner is a natural point guard.
I couldn't agree more.
Last season I attended a game where the Sixers defeated the Wizards 117-94, in that game, Turner played a majority of the fourth quarter running the point. He finished the game with 15 points and eight rebounds on 6-of-11 shooting.
In this year's "Rising Stars" at All-Star weekend, Turner played a lot of point guard and ended up with a typical game for Turner while at Ohio State; 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
In both of those game he looked calm and comfortable with the ball in his hands, granted it's a small sample-size but people forget in college he dominated the ball and scored 20 points per game, grabbed over nine rebounds and still dished out six assists per game.
He has been a guy who needs the ball in his hands to succeed, he is not athletic enough to get open without the ball and after his break-out 26 point outing on Wednesday, Collins said he is going to roll with Jrue Holiday, Turner and Andre Iguodala going forward.
Sounds like a good move to me.
Holiday can move over and play the two guard where he played at UCLA and Turner can go back to playing the position that made him the number two overall pick in the draft - the point guard.
I know I have been very vocal about Turner not being the right pick for the Sixers, I would have and still would have taken DeMarcus Cousins. They needed a big man and he was the best player in my opinion, in that draft (yes, better then John Wall). While I always have maintained that Turner can play, I have stated that "if" he was a point guard, he would become more valuable.
Finally, we might get to see if i'm right.