Evan Turner

#1 SF / Portland Trail Blazers / EXP: 7YRS Height: 6-7 Weight: 220 lb Age: 29 College: Ohio State

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  • Turner will start at small forward for Saturday's game against the Rockets, Casey Holdahl of TrailBlazers.com reports. The Trail Blazers are set to be without Maurice Harkless (quad) on Saturday, which opens up a spot for Turner in the starting five. Turner has averaged 22.3 minutes over the last four games, but could push for a 30-plus-minute role with Harkless sidelined. Look for a temporary uptick in value for Turner, while fellow wing Pat Connaugton should also benefit with more minutes off the bench.

  • Turner turned in 13 points (6-15 FG, 1-2 3Pt), four assists, three rebounds and one steal across 27 minutes in Friday's 127-125 win over the Nets. Turner bounced back from a five-game stretch of single-digit point tallies with an efficient performance in the high-scoring win. The 29-year-old put up a season-high number of shot attempts while generating his best shooting percentage since Nov. 13 against the Nuggets. Turner's scoring contributions do tend to fluctuate from time to time, but his ability to consistently check off the rebounds and assists boxes keeps him fantasy-viable, particularly in deeper formats.

  • Turner scored 17 points (7-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding three asists, two rebounds and a block in 32 minutes off the bench during Friday's 114-96 win over the Pacers. With C.J. McCollum back in the starting lineup after serving a one-game suspension, Turner moved to the bench as the Blazers' primary scoring option on the second unit and looked quite comfortable in that role. His big minutes primarily came at the expense of Maurice Harkless, and Turner's court time could vary depending on matchups and who's got the hot hand, but the veteran could still provide consistent fantasy value as the team's sixth man.

  • Turner will start the Trail Blazers' opener Wednesday against the Suns, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports. As expected, Turner will step in to start at shooting guard with C.J. McCollum unavailable due to a suspension. It's unclear what role Turner will play once McCollum returns to the lineup Friday, as he's battling Maurice Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu for minutes at the three.

  • Turner managed 12 points (5-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six assists, four rebounds and two blocks across 16 minutes in Wednesday's 113-104 preseason win over the Suns. Maurice Harkless got the start at small forward once again, but for the second time in as many exhibitions, it was Turner who turned in the better stat line. It was the eight-year veteran's second consecutive double-digit scoring effort, and he's now shot at least 50.0 percent in four straight exhibitions. If preseason performances are any indication, Turner would appear to have a good chance of being named the starter at the three in the coming days ahead of next Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Suns.

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