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Evan Turner’s key to improved three point shooting? Stop practicing.

Dec 10, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

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Kids, don’t try this at home. Eat your vegetables. Wear a helmet while skateboarding. Practice your jump shots.

Evan Turner is having a career year, scoring 14.1 points per game, with a PER of 16. He hit a game winner against Boston over the weekend and is a key reason Philadelphia is 11-9 even without Andrew Bynum.

When you look at Turner’s offensive numbers there is only one key jump — he is shooting 42.3 percent from three. Up from 22.4 percent from beyond the arc. CSNPhilly.com asked him the secret and…

“I stopped focusing on it,” he said. “That was it. I stopped focusing on it. I worry about my mid-range [game], my driving and my free throws, and that’s it. Honestly, I don’t shoot threes before games. I don’t practice threes anymore.”

Like a lot of players, Turner spent the summer focused on improving weakness in his game. He shot a lot of three pointers.

“But,” he said, “I wasn’t hitting them. After a while you say, ‘Never mind.’ I just kept working on my mid-range game. I think the more important thing is just to be in a good rhythm.”

Whatever works. As long as the shots keep falling and the Sixers can keep their head above water until — or if — Bynum returns it’s about all you can ask.

  1. samonelastains - Dec 10, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    If Bynum returns.

  2. clevelandschronic2 - Dec 10, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Always been a fan of Evan. Always seemed like a good guy. Glad to see he’s having his best year yet with hopefully more to come. I’ll never forget that half court game winner against Michigan i swear He knew he was gonna make that shot lol.

  3. drewzducks - Dec 11, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Somewhere AI is smiling.

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