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Evan Turner Is Finally About To Get His Chance

Oh, there you are Evan. I was wondering when you would finally get a chance and be involved in the offense. We are finally going to find out what we have in the number 2 overall pick from last year. I had written earlier in the year that the only way to see what we have in him was for Turner to get 30 minutes a game, and he is about to get it.
This was the fifth time overall in his career that he played back to back 30 minute games and the second time this year. Earlier on Wednesday on the WIP morning show, Stan Hochman a long-time, well respected reporter from Daily News said that there were reasons for Turner struggles. He said that the team will come out with the news later in the season and that he was not aloud to say anything because it came off the record.
My first thought was “Damn, I hope it is not like that MaCline case or worse.” The Sixers later squashed it by saying that there is nothing wrong with him. That is great news, I have told you about my “man crush’ right?  So what did Evan have to say How about 26 points 9 rebounds and his best game so far in his you NBA career? By the way, that move where he took Pierce to the hole for a three point play was a big-time move. He took the contact and kept the ball on his right hip perfect.The thing that bothered me the most in that whole crazy day in Sixers land was Turner could not create his own shot like Iggy, and that they should trade him. Umm, pay attention a little bit more, this is definitely not the case. Turner’s issue was never getting a shot off, it was knocking them down. Turner has better handle than Iggy and has more of a natural scoring ability than Iggy. Some one needs to do their home work a little bit better.
It was not the trade part that irked me. All honesty though, how can you trade someone who nobody including the Sixers actually knows what type of player he is because of playing time. I have to give Collins credit for realizing that he was playing Turner the wrong way all along. He was basically asking him to be a spot-up shooter so Evan would just standing around in the corner waiting for the ball. We all know that is not Evan’s game. When Collins was asked why he has not started Turner sooner he said “we were 20-9”. Kind of tough to get mad at that answer.When you talked about Turner so far in his brief career you would say he is very good rebounder. In which he has a combined 21 rebounds in the last 2 games and that he could defend as well. By the way, his defense against Rondo in the first half was outstanding. Not trying to sound like a broken recorded here but we are finally going to find out what type of offensive game he has. When have seen some flashes at times from him. Sixers are hoping that he is the player that they thought he was going to be when they drafted him. I am too because my “man-crush” is riding on it.

Joe Hickman Jr.

Bleed Philly Sports! 84 ounces of Coffee a day because that is what I do! Utley's hair has nothing on me! Father of the craziest little girl in the world! Born and raised in Darby, PA! By the way, my Grammar Sucks! You can follow on twitter @phillytugger.

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paulman
paulman
March 9, 2012 9:03 am

He’s been a disappointment any way you look at it ….
Yes he had a great game the other night against a old and very weary Celtics Team who were playing their 4th Game in 6 nights and it showed
Bottom line to me, he lacks the self-confidence and appears to play “scared” and you can’t play any Sport like this and I am not sure you can teach those things out of a player, you either have it or you don’t and with his play, his body language and just his overall demeanor does not exude any confidence that I can see..

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 9, 2012 9:26 am

Another good well thought out article.. nice job Joe.. you wont get many guys that write under this article because they were proven wrong. They said this team isnt that good, (they only lead the league in overall defense there #1 in the league check the stats).. the only problem they had was scoring the ball late in games, but now that they allowed evan to play huge minutes he had the opportunity to shine and show everyone that he can not only rebound the best or play defense but he can also score the ball effectively.. I said like you did Joe, that they needed to give him burn in order to see what he had, and this was after his 1-11game.. see Joe were alike in that we dont jump ship once someone has a bad game scoring wise (still had 11 rebs) and our team loses a few games. Give me a break. They didnt want to give ET a chance before he even started playing. Birdobrains is the ring leader of the ET hate and he hasnt shown himself since his rant of how evan sucks and this in that after the 1-11 game haha what a coward… paul lives in the boones so he cant even watch or hear sixers games so what credibility does he have and who in there right mind would listen to his opinions about the team? He has no clue. And Dcar probably cant afford a tv so he doesnt watch games either, so these haters have no idea what there talking about. Leave the team criticism to the real fans, the people who know basketball. Not guys who just want a superstar on the team and if they dont have one you find every little thing wrong with them.. get the heck outta here.. but Joe keep the articles coming, we need more sixers talk on here! We have another big game tonight against the Jazz, some payback from our last game against them when they beat us.. but we didnt have ET starting! Haha! #ShowYaLuv!!!

larrwd
larrwd
March 9, 2012 9:41 am

Evan Turner is a bum, he cannot score .. I will be watching tonight to see how he does.. Ive been calling for him to get traded before we cant get anything for him . Im interested to see his new role.. I will say he plays good D and can always get a shot and create.. but he never makes the shot.. Lets see how he does tinght..

paulman
paulman
March 9, 2012 10:08 am

It’s amazing but not at all suprising to read, Turner has 1 good game over the last 4-5 weeks and Jon Hart is all over his nuts like he’s the 2nd coming or something… Unbelievable but not unexpected…
And To Joe Hickman, Good article and keep up your coverage about the SIxers

jakedog
jakedog
March 9, 2012 10:09 am

He just came off the biggest game of his young career and you have posters like paulman and larrrwd talking “bum”, “disappointment”, are you serious?, his “new role”, we will see

Shadynasty
Shadynasty
March 9, 2012 10:10 am

I am in no way comparing myself, talent-wise, to Evan Turner, but something that happened to me looks like it is happening to ET…he might just be finding his position.

People expected me to play a post-game because of my size, but that’s not where my game was. My position was switched to G/SF and my points went way up. Seems like it could (1 game is not a good sample size obviously) be the case with ET–he has a better role and a better position.

phillylifer033
phillylifer033
March 9, 2012 10:50 am

Everytime some1 does well like Turner did the other night theres always an excuse.Thats the most annoying thing about Some of the Philadelphia sports fans!Turner played well against the Bucks he just was missing his shots;I dont care about the Celtics 4 game in 5 nights who cares ooh well!!If he wouldve played bad you wouldve ripped him just the same.

Berto Osorio
March 9, 2012 10:51 am

I hope I’m proven wrong about Evan. I have always said that. But I doubt I will be.

Consistency is key and if we can get that from him every night, I will gladly eat my crow.

Berto Osorio
March 9, 2012 10:56 am

Jon Hart — I am no coward and will always stand by my words. I am not impressed after ONE game. He needs to do it consistently on a nightly basis.

Even Stromile Swift had 50 pts once.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 9, 2012 10:57 am

Paul– how would you know, you dont get sixers games in the boones haha.. keep in mind that evan turner was not starting 4-5 games ago, but again you wouldnt know that bc you dont watch sixers games.. hilarious… Let me school you some more, both spencer hawes and Thad young did not play in the last game when turner went off.. you have the nerve to come back with a comment that the sixers played a tired celtics team? Nice way to discredit the sixers. Again this coming from a guy that does not watch or listen to any sixers games and check the stats

daggolden
daggolden
March 9, 2012 11:00 am

Charles Barkely was on 94WIP yesterday and voiced his opinions about this team. He stated that this team is in the worst position it could ever be in. The Sixers are in a hopless situation. They are good enough to be a 6,7 or 8th place seed with no hope. They arent bad enough to ever get a good draft pick. They need superstars.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 9, 2012 11:01 am

Paul– how would you know, you dont get sixers games in the boones haha.. keep in mind that evan turner was not starting 4-5 games ago, but again you wouldnt know that bc you dont watch sixers games.. hilarious… Let me school you some more, both spencer hawes and Thad young did not play in the last game when turner went off.. you have the nerve to come back with a comment that the sixers played a tired celtics team? Both teams were coming off of a back 2 back so get the heck outta here.. Nice way to discredit the sixers. Again this coming from a guy that does not watch or listen to any sixers games and checks the stats then comes on here and makes a comment. What a clown. Whoever actually listens to what this guy says about the team is as clueless as you are.. sheesh

Berto Osorio
March 9, 2012 11:05 am

Thats right Dag. And I agree with Sir Charles of course. Anybody with any type of basketball knowledge would agree with Sir Charles.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 9, 2012 11:11 am

Dag– I dont care what charles barkley has to say. Hes comical, but is a dope too. He still hates the sixers all these years later, nothing they do is good enough. He always finds the negative. So please dont quote that guy. The sixers only lead the league in overall defense, thats never mentioned because people dont want to acknowledge that.. this team is on the rise, and with the emergence of evan turner this team can make it into the 2nd round of the playoffs and beyond.. Dont sleep!

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 9, 2012 11:16 am

I agree phillylifer– there are so many poor philly fans.. they turn on guys before they even play. Turner’s first start was a poor one yes, but he got his shot off all 11 times he just missed.. when they played the celts on wednesday, he knocked them down.. after that they still say he sucks? Thats when you know there not true fans. They just come on here and want to post on an article to make it seem like they have knowledge of the team.. there jokes..

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 9, 2012 11:22 am

Larrwd– And your foolish for calling him a bum when you havent really gotten a chance to see him play for 30 or more minute.. Doug was heck bent on keeping the starting lineup the way it was with jodie at the two but he failed to realize that ET needs the ball in his hands so he can create not someone create for him… So having Jrue Turner and Iguodala out there together it provides a dimension to the team that not many teams have, and that 3 guys that can handle the ball, can pass, and can create there own shots..

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 9, 2012 11:25 am

ET may have around 18-23 points 4-5 assists and 7-8 rebs tonight against the Jazz.. Though the Jazz has been a tough cover for us in the past, ET wasnt starting haha #ShowYaLuv!

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
March 9, 2012 11:39 am

What the …? Does he have a Macline case or worse? I don’t listen to sports radio, what are they talking about? Stan Hochman and Joe Hickman? Does he have a disease, illness or something?

Berto Osorio
March 9, 2012 12:28 pm

My only question is Jon Hart, if the Sixers play the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals — who are you going to cheer for? You have a major dillemma on your hands

Turk
Turk
March 9, 2012 12:32 pm

Paulman I will tell you like I tell everyone Evan Turner is a point guard not a SG or SF the Sixers was told that by scouts when they drafted Evan and there now just realizing that at some point the Sixers will have to choose between Evan Turner or Jrue Halladay my choice would be Evan Turner. So no Paulman Evan Turner hasn’t been a disappointment he was just playing out of position you bash the Eagles when they draft a guy and and plays them out of position so you should be putting the Sixers on blast for doing the samething.

Turk
Turk
March 9, 2012 12:36 pm

I’m also guessing none of you guys no basketball at all so again Evan Turner needs the ball in his hands that’s what he did in College ran the point he’s a scoring point guard my dawgs…

paulman
paulman
March 9, 2012 12:44 pm

I hope he does succeed Turk.. and I would Fire Coach Collins immediately if he’s been holding back ET from properly developing into an NBA player..

daggolden
daggolden
March 9, 2012 1:00 pm

Paulman I agree. Collins needs to be criticized for not realizing that ET is a point guard. He should be criticized for not featuring the best player on the team Thadeus Young . He should be criticized for continuosly trotting out Holliday who clearly has regressed and cant cover anyone.

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
March 9, 2012 1:02 pm

I don’t know if Evan Turner is fast enough to guard NBA point guards. Why has he never guarded Tony Parker,Russell Westbrook, Mario Chalmers, Monte Ellis, Kyle Lowry, Mike Conley, Chris Paul or every other point guard that has been torching the 76ers the past couple weeks. If he can guard these players (which I don’t think he can) I’m with Paulman that Doug Collins should be fired for allowing them to pick and roll Jrue Holliday to death.

bugsyhawk
bugsyhawk
March 9, 2012 1:07 pm

Holy crap, sounds like we have been holding Chris Paul or Deron Williams back. Dude had one strong game. Maybe we should see a little more of him, before we fire Doug Collins. You guys are all over the people that are overracting about how they feel that Turner has played poorly and now you may be doing the same thing when he has 1 strong game. I like what I saw in the game and I want to see more, but on March 5th, he was shot 1-12 in a loss against Mil. I would also like to see him have more than 2 assists in a game if he is gonna have the ball all the time.

Berto Osorio
March 9, 2012 1:07 pm

If Evan comes out and averages 5 pts a game for the next couple of weeks, this will all be a moot point. Lets see how he does now that he’s going to be getting the time on a consistent basis.

daggolden
daggolden
March 9, 2012 1:11 pm

Jon Hart nobody is upset with what the Sixers have done. They have improved and are fun to watch. But it is what it is. In the last 40 years no team has won a championship without a superstar. The Sixers just need a superstar and probably 2 to be legitimate contenders. I didnt make the rules. Its just the way the NBA is set up.

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
March 9, 2012 1:19 pm

Every Point guard is coming to town putting 25 points on the board and Jrue Holliday ends the game with 2 fouls. If Evan Turner can defensively cut into that total I’m all for him being the starting point guard.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 9, 2012 1:30 pm

Berto– Im a sixers fan all the way, but i have my favorite players around the league like everyone else, and also 2nd and 3rd favorite teams.. Id obviously be picking my sixers if they ever played in the reg or post season, but im a fan of wade and bron bron (bron bron is on route to being a MVP for the 3rd time in his career by the way) HOF hands down if he retired today.. Same with Wade.. But im a sixer fan til i go..

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
March 9, 2012 1:45 pm

if Evan Turner can defend NBA point guards and he was not in the game in the last 5 minutes while Jrue Holliday and Lou Williams hopelessly got torched that is a big problem Doug Collins needs to answer

bugsyhawk
bugsyhawk
March 9, 2012 1:49 pm

I am fine with that if he can do that. All I am saying is that, at this point, we have no idea. I am all for giving it a shot, because Holiday can’t do it.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 9, 2012 2:01 pm

Who said ET was going to be the starting point guard over Jrue Holiday? There not going away from Jrue. Hes a 21 year old PG who has alot of growth ahead of him. You guys are the worst. Can this team do anything right? You guys begged to see the young guys play, now your criticizing them and asking for Jrues head and Dougs head.. wtheck is wrong with you guys? They have a team full of talent, something they havent had in a long time, probably since the 80s and you guys are 1st attacking ET then Jrue, now Doug who turned this entire team around? He didnt play ET because he didnt want to fool with the teams continuitity, nothing more. they were 20-9. Would you? Probably not, so quit the silly talk

andrew p
andrew p
March 9, 2012 3:46 pm

Turk, im glad im not the only one that realized Turner was a PG his whole career at OS and was a flat out stud, they ask the kid to come here n play a position he never played before and everybodys on here calling him a bust, and for those that are saying he should of beat out Holiday? Holiday was here a year before him and was crowned the future PG for the next 10yrs, hopefully this is the start of them realizing he is a true PG and put him where he belongs, the issue wouldnt be who he can guard but at 6″7who can guard him.

Berto Osorio
March 9, 2012 4:32 pm

At 6’0”….I would guard ET by standing four feet away from him and telling him to shoot.

pdiddy
pdiddy
March 9, 2012 5:03 pm

I disagree with you guys, I think Evan Turner is a starter. I think he needs to be in the game, get a feel for the game. Then his talents will show, you can’t play a guy five minutes, he makes a mistake and you pull him out. Not all players respond properly to that. That works for Lou Williams but not Evan.

Turk
Turk
March 9, 2012 5:10 pm

Exactly Andrew Jrue Halladay was good in High School but has been below average player since then.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 9, 2012 5:28 pm

Turk and hes only 21 21 years old.. do you hear how you sound? The kid has alot of growing to do yes but your trying to pull the plug on him already?.. Only in Philadelphia..

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 9, 2012 5:31 pm

Pdiddy ive been declaring the exact same sentiments.. you have to play ET and Doug needed to stop pulling him out the game whenever he would turn the ball over or w/e. Thats not how guys learn… Hes certainly a starter and will remain one..

andrew p
andrew p
March 9, 2012 5:46 pm

Turk, I agree with Hart that hes only 21 and still learning but im with you on Turner being our PG,Turner has something Holiday doesnt have and cant be taught, VISION! Turner has that Vision with the ball in his hands, hes a natural, Holiday doesnt have that, if i was Collins i would chage them up and see how it works.

andrew p
andrew p
March 9, 2012 7:17 pm

Off the subject, Just heard Brandon Jacobs and Gary Brackets and got released, thoses two sure would look good in Eagle Green!

DCar
DCar
March 9, 2012 7:20 pm

Hey John Hart, I can buy & sell you, you punk loser. Don’t come on here & be a keyboard gangster, because you’d get eaten alive. You don’t know me, who I am, or my financial situation. I have partial season ticket for the Sixers, Flyers & Phillies. Have you even been to a game, you blowhard, loser. BTW, the FACTS that the Sixers are a mediocre team & Turner had his first good game as a pro remain. So all of your stupid, idiotic, comments, chest thumping, I told you so’s & Show ya loves don’t change that. Let’s see if he can keep it up. I’m all for it, but until he can do more than a one game wonder, he is still a BUST!

frankdialogue
March 9, 2012 8:51 pm

Turner real deal…Problem with Sixers is too many ‘interchangeable players, about same size, similar skill sets…But Collins will figure it out.

Biggest need stud down low, help Vuk.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 9, 2012 9:26 pm

ShowYaLuv!!! 16pts 6assists 12rebs ET is the real deal and for you who didnt think so look real stupid right now.. dont judge a player before you see him play.. he played all 43 tonight.. all this in his 3rd start.. sheesh… this team is explosive..

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 9, 2012 9:35 pm

This sets up for a huge game this sunday against the NY Knicks who have been reeling as of late.. Cant wait for the Sixers to shut them down, especially the one hit wonder “Lin”illa Ice..

Donmegga
Donmegga
March 9, 2012 10:08 pm

Where are the haters? Dcar,Paulman and larrd? what will the excuse be now? “oh it’s just2 games??” lol I’m thinking you guys are Doug Collins undercover pissed because the kid can play. Jon Hart SHOWYALUV#!

eagles0superbowls
eagles0superbowls
March 9, 2012 10:37 pm

there is a good ole fashion 76ers (showyaluv) vs. (first round exit) war going on here in GCobb.com ——

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 9, 2012 11:06 pm

TheDon– haha! there sick from all the crow they had to eat! Theyve been shamed! They want this team to suck so bad but they just dont..there one of the best teams in the league and not only do they have there defense which is rated 1st overall in the league but there offense has caught up big time since, well do i have to say it? Oh what the heck since Evan Turner has been in the starting lineup! SHOWYAFREAKINLUV!!

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 9, 2012 11:23 pm

I forgot, Paul lives in the boones so he doesnt get sixers games so give him some time to catch up on the highlights on espn..Dcar doesnt own a tv bc he cant afford one and its too late for him to go to a friends house so give him some time he ll come around eventually too .. haha jeez louise..

DCar
DCar
March 10, 2012 3:05 am

John Hart, you have to be the biggest jack@$$ on here, & that’s saying a lot. I don’t even have the energy to respond to your childish, idiotic, remarks. There is no need to watch on TV when I was there in person, you @$$clown fool. All I have to say, is read my above comments you loser.

Jon Hart
Jon Hart
March 10, 2012 7:18 am

LOL@ dcar who has the nerve to take things personal when someone jokes on him but he can call people names on here all day long.. well i should say every morning and night bc you have 2 jobs.. im beginning to think you may be freddy mitchell..