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CLEVELAND -- They say you should be able to get an accurate read on an NBA player after three seasons.
But three seasons after selecting Evan Turner with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, the Philadelphia 76ers are still waiting.
Turner came out of Ohio State as a top-notch scorer who was considered capable of playing three positions -- small forward, shooting guard, and even point guard in a pinch.
Hes still proving capable of that. What Turner isnt proving is if he can excel at any spot. For the most part, hes been solid at all -- and thats it.
Nothing wrong with that. Unless, of course, youre drafted second overall.
Hes had his ups and downs, Sixers coach Doug Collins said when asked if Turner has been more consistent this season. Its an area where he still needs to grow.
Turner is 6-foot-7 and averaging 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds, and shooting 42 percent from the floor. The Sixers (28-43) have struggled mightily after the hyped trade for center Andrew Bynum.
He came with lots of hope, but has yet to play a game following a knee injury. His contract expires at seasons end, and theres no hints about where Bynum will go or for how much.
Turner, however, is likely to be back in Philly. And next year is when the Sixers are hoping his play reaches another level.
Its been an adjustment for him to go from 26-27 minutes a game (last season) to 36 minutes this year, Collins said. So its been a good growing year for both him and (point guard Jrue) Holiday. Well expect more from them next year.
Holiday is averaging 18.4 points and 8.5 assists, and made the All-Star team. Theres little question about his potential.
But as far Turner, what will become of Bynum, and even if Collins returns to the bench well, those are all major offseason issues facing the Sixers, who entered the season with some serious expectations.
Ive always liked Evan, said Cavaliers coach Byron Scott. He can play the two or three, and a little point guard as well.
How well, however, still remains up for debate.
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