Evan Turner: What Should Sixers Fans Expect from Him Next Year?

Alec BeckmanContributor IIIJuly 27, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 27:  Evan Turner #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers passes the ball around LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center on October 27, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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After Evan Turner's rookie season, most fans have hopped off the bandwagon.  Many expected him to come in and dominate the league because he was the number two pick in the entire draft.  He needs to be cut some slack, he was learning to play a new position in a new league!  

Over the offseason, Turner will be developing his shot with the "shot doctor" himself, Herb Magee. Magee was a Hall of Fame coach with Philadelphia University.  This should lead to a much improved Evan Turner in 2011, or 2012, based on whether there is a season in 2011.

Evan Turner showed flashes of how good he can be, in the playoffs going against LeBron James, and in the regular season in his limited minutes.  He had moments where he would turn heads with his dribbling skills and ability to take it to the lane, but he also displayed moments where he looked lost on the court.  After gaining some experience at the position, he has a bit more knowledge of how to play the two guard position.  If he can develop his shot, his production should come up with his minutes.

Doug Collins was impressed by what he saw last year, and it is fair to say that Evan Turner's ceiling can range from a solid bench player, to an All-Star. 

Based off his performance in 2010-2011 and his work in the offseason, expect Evan Turner to move into a starting role for a good portion of the year.  He will not be All-Star material, but he will score more, continue to grab boards and make incredible passes.  He is a triple-double threat on any night, if he is given ample playing time.  

Stat Projections:

MPG: 24-28 PPG: 13-15 APG: 4-5 RPG: 5-7

Starting Projections:

Expect Turner to start the year on the bench, then progressively take over the starting role from Jodie Meeks.  By game 30, he should be the starting shooting guard.

Overall, Evan Turner will have a much improved year and get many fans excited about his future.