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Evan Turner will come off the bench as PG

Posted on: October 5, 2010 2:49 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 2:56 pm
Sixers rookie moving to backup PG, will come off the bench.
Posted by Matt Moore

Not quite ready for intro. That's the decision of Sixers head coach Doug Collins regarding second overall pick Evan Turner. It's not a bad thing, though, especially considering that Collins told the Philadelphia Inquierer Monday that Evans would be playing backup point guard to Jrue Holiday, expected to be a standout this season. Turner has been considered a wing for as long as he's been a prospect, despite averaging six assists last season as a Buckeye.

The move means takes a headache away from Collins as the difficulty in finding time for both Turner and Iguodala on the wing is now shifted, with Thaddeus Young maintaining his starting position. Evans as a point guard is an intriguing idea at 6-7, putting him in the same size and versatility index of Tyreke Evans, though with more polish and less athleticism. How he works on the second unit will be interesting. It's also something to keep an eye on due to the fact that if Turner were to reach his potential, the Sixers could be setting themselves up for a point guard controversy. As it stands, Turner will learn the ropes and not be forced into anything, the best situation for a rookie trying to learn the most difficult position in the NBA.

The truth of the matter is that the Sixers rotation is liquid right now. Turner can play point, shooting guard, or small forward. Andre Iguodala can play shooting guard, small forward, or even power forward in a pinch. Thaddeus Young can play either forward position, though he's been vocal in the past about playing small forward. While Doug Collins sorts out what works and what doesn't, and while Rod Thorn and Ed Stefanski attempt to put together a plan going forward, there will be experiments. But from how confident Collins has been about Turner as a point guard, it doesn't look like this is one of them.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: October 7, 2010 4:57 pm

Evan Turner will come off the bench as PG

They seem to be putting too much stock in Thadeus Young. Evan Turner was drafted to ba a star of this team. If he does not develop in to a quaility NBA starter he will be a bust. Moving him to back up Holiday at PG isn't a terrible idea its just that that shouldn't have been the idea from day one. Young needs to suck it up and play power forward when he is asked to. But the problem is that Young is only an avg. rebounder and you almost need (ugghhh) Elton Brand ( :/ ) in there because of his size alone to pair him along with the softer Spencer Hawes.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2010 12:26 am

Evan Turner will come off the bench as PG

Forget what Thaddeus Young wants! Run Holiday/Turner/Iggy and have young backup the 2 and 3.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:11 am

Evan Turner will come off the bench as PG

The Sixers are definitely stockpiling athletic, versatile, multi-positional players, but I have a hard time seeing where they intend to go with this plan. Athletic wings who can play multiple positions are great on a championship contender. On a team like the 76ers, they are a luxury that the team may or may not be able to afford. As one other commenter already stated, the 76ers need some muscle in the middle. Muscle that can run and keep up with the fleet running team they have already built. Plodding horses like Elton Brand are not what they need - they need a big guy who can run like a Joaquim Noah or a Tyson Chandler. And trading some of these wings they have stored up might bring them the guy they need. However, on the other hand, there is no need to hurry and accept a bad deal either. The team is not expected to do anything big this season and in fact will be pretty much where they were last year - maybe a playoff team but more likely lottery-bound. So they can take their time figuring out exactly what they have and then identifying assets that could be used to bring in what they really need to progress. If that is what they are doing, then the plan makes total sense. If on the other hand they are trying to build a contending team from their current parts, I suspect they might be visiting Fantasyland - this particular team is a contender only for the lottery.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2010 10:58 pm

Evan Turner will come off the bench as PG

The Sixers and the league in general is full of these hybrid SG/PG/SF types and Turner is just the latest who is skilled enoug to play all roles. This is good for the Sixers. If ever the time was right to trade Iguodala, it is now. Turner is for real and will likely be just as good if not better than Iguodala in the long term. The Sixers need depth inside and trading Iguodala for a draft pick(s) or outright with a talented big man could do wonders for this team.

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