When the Philadelphia 76ers selected Evan Turner with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, many questioned if it was a good decision. Of course, fast forward a few seasons and Turner found himself being shipped off to the Indiana Pacers as the Sixers simply wanted to wash their hands of their former mistake.
Hoping Evan Turner’s two-way skills would help propel them deep into the postseason, the Pacers acquired the former Buckeye but much like the Sixers were disappointed in the results.
Indiana opted not to re-sign the swingman, who is now awaiting calls in free agency.
Two teams who have reportedly expressed interest however are the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves, this according to Jeff Goodman.
Evan Turner has received interest from Boston and Minnesota, a source told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 14, 2014
Much of the problem surrounding Evan Turner are expectations. Simply put, he never should have been drafted at such an elevated position. If Turner was a mid-first round pick, then his numbers would look more than respectable. Of course, there have been rumors about Turner and potential locker room distractions, though none have ever actually been proven.
Still, this is a player who prior to being traded to the Pacers was putting up 17 points, 6 rebounds and nearly 4 assists per game all while playing respectable defense. If you can find that for a relatively cheap price in free agency, you might want to consider yourself lucky.
That’s not to say Turner doesn’t come without his warts as he is a very poor shooter, but given his other skills that can be somewhat overlooked.