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So, the Sixers are trying Evan Turner out at point guard. Yeah, it blows our mind, too.

Oct 2, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

I’m not going to waste your time with a workup of an intro. Let’s just get into the meat on this one, okay? The Sixers were in training camp and put Evan Turner and Lou Williams in the backcourt for the second team. Makes sense. You would have thought Turner might wind up on the first team with Iggy sliding down to 3, but apparently not, and that’s cool. However Doug Collins wants his show, you know?

But what’s crazy is that the backcourt was struggling with Williams on-ball and Turner off. From the Philadelphia Inquirer, this gem from Doug Collins:

“What I saw was when Lou and Evan were together, when Lou was on the ball and Evan was off, they struggled, because Evan wasn’t sure and Lou didn’t do a very good job of getting us into our stuff,” Collins said. “Then we moved Evan to the ball and moved Lou and they both were good. So you can see where they’re most comfortable right now.

“What we’re doing with Evan is we’re mixing and matching him so he can do a little of both. But, at the end of the day, Lou’s a scorer and that’s what we’re going to have to do, put him in those kinds of positions ’cause if we put him out there to run the team, it really takes away what he does best.

I did not see that coming. I mean, sure, Turner has the potential, but he went from a 3/2 to a 2/3 and now to a 2/1 or 1/2. That’s dizzying. It’s an intriguing idea, though, considering Turner does have scoring ability through the roof but also had great assist and rebounding numbers at Ohio State. With better teammates, working him as a creator on-ball might be the best option. It goes to show how Collins is getting outside the box with the kid’s development and honestly, breathes a bit of light into a franchise that’s on unstable ground as it enters the season.

Can’t wait to see this thing in function, if they stick with it.

  1. tom Da Bomb - Oct 2, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    First and foremost lets get Elton Brand OUTTA HERE. Assuming he will be gracing us with his presence..the starting lineup should like this:
    PG-Jrue Holiday
    SG-Andre Iguodala
    SF-Thaddeus Young
    PF-Elton Brand
    C- Spencer Hawes
    Thats a formidable starting 5 any way you look at it, and with Turner and a strong, young bench we should take some substantial steps forward as the season progresses. Right now the Sixers have a surplus of athletic talent but real basketball talent is what wins championships. Iguodala is a budding star on both sides of the ball, but can he be counted on to take the big shots for us?

  2. Charles Fears Jr - Oct 4, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    I am a huge sixers fan. This goes back to the Dr. J days. I get excited every yr and I just hope this yr will be better. Coach collins will be great he knows the game. Please coach tell iggy to go hard to the basket and try to score 25 a game

  3. Tru1776er - Oct 6, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    I didn’t get why everybody(experts) had Evan Turner as a prospective 2 guard…when he put up all those numbers & awards last year it was as a pg…I knew that would be his best position, at least initially….Doug Collins is doing the right thing though as far as not trying to make guys do things they aren’t good at or comfortable with…it’s better to bring guys along slowly and increase thier workload as thier skills increase as appossed to trying to force a player into a position and the whole team suffering. People forget that Kobe Bryant didn’t crack the starting line up until his 2nd year.

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