Thursday, December 9, 2010

Evan Turner Not Living Up to the Hype

Coming out of Ohio State as the National Player of the Year and the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, much was expected from Philadelphia 76ers swingman Evan Turner. Now that a quarter of the season has passed, Turner has failed to live up the hype and promise many fantasy owners expected when they drafted him in the late rounds.

The Breakdown
Turner's problem is that he just doesn't know how to play off the ball. Although he's 6'7", he's only comfortable playing the point and there just isn't an opportunity for him in Philadelphia with Jrue Holiday firmly entrenched as the starting point guard. In his last five games, Turner is averaging a pitiful 2.8 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 14 minutes.

In standard leagues, Turner should be on your waiver wire. Evan is still owned in nearly 40% of leagues but, aside from a couple of nice games, hasn't produced nearly enough to be fantasy relevant. Even in most deep formats he's just borderline rosterable. Many experts feel it will take a trade of Andre Iguodala for Turner to flourish, but we feel he just needs to play more with the ball in his hands because that sets up his whole game. We just don't see that happening this season unless Holiday gets injured. Until that happens, Turner is just not going to be a viable player in the NBA or in fantasy.

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