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Should Sixers trade Evan Turner? Do they wait hoping his value goes up?

Jul 30, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

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When Jrue Holiday was traded, it felt like a trade countdown clock started over Evan Turner’s head — he was the logical next to go. Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young are on that list, too, but Turner has real value around the league.

Plus, Sixers GM Sam Hinkie has said he’s not done shaking up the roster. All the pieces fit together.

But there has been no deal yet and Hinkie talked about Turner as someone who would have a chance to step forward with the team, at least that’s what he told John Gonzalez of

“With change comes opportunity,” Hinkie told this week. (Despite what some people might believe, Hinkie hasn’t gone to ground.) “Our team and our roster is very different than last year with a different composition of players, likely a different system, definitely different players on the floor. This could well be an opportunity where Evan thrives. I hope our standards will be a place where hard work and competitiveness are rewarded and valued. Evan has those in spades.”

Of course, if Turner starts the season with the Sixers and plays well, his trade value goes up, which is what the rebuilding Sixers want. Hinkie isn’t about to say in an interview he is shopping a player, he wants as much value for a trade as he can if he moves Turner..

Right now he wouldn’t get much.

Turner averaged 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds a game, played more minutes and shot 36.5 percent from three last year. Yet he shot just 41.9 percent from the field, he turns the ball over more than you’d like, he’s not a great defender, and on the whole his game deteriorated as the season wore on. The fact is, he’s not a player that has really improved much over the course of three NBA seasons.

Look at this quote Gonzalez got to sum it all up.

“His trade value could go down,” one league insider admitted. “But that’s hard to imagine.”

  1. kb2408 - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Wow!! Predicting future NBA stardom is tricky. I’m not saying I thought E.T. would be a superstar but I did think he’d be an all-star caliber player.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      He’s really not as bad a player as people make him out to be though. He has a pretty well rounded game albeit kind of a jack of all trades, master of none type. I can see why people hate, I guess. Not really what you would normally expect out of a #2 pick, but the 76ers should keep him around. He’ll show and prove better this upcoming season. Watch.

      • kb2408 - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        I must say I kinda agree with you. It’s too soon to give up on him.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        It’s a matter of perspective when you say he isn’t as bad as people make him out to be.

        His career PER is only 11.9. The league average PER is 15 so he actually may improve quite a bit and still not be league average.

        Now, if he were a back up guard, coming off the bench it would be OK.

        But he started and played ALL 82 games last yr and played a lot of minutes.

        Far too many minutes for one who was so far below the league average in player efficiency.

        Both his 2 pt and 3 pt shooting percentages, for his career are way too low as are his true shooting percentage and his effective FG percentages…

    • muhangis - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:18 AM

      Why…. all because he was a #2 overall pick? That must be your only reason. He didn’t deserve to be a top 5 pick, cause HE WASN’T ALL THAT PRODUCTIVE IN COLLEGE. And it’s not like he was 18 or 19 then, he was 21 his senior year at Ohio St., alot older than your average lottery pick.

  2. goraidersgospurs - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    what where Sixers feeling on Derrick Favors since he was selected right after Evans?

  3. senorpapino - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Anyone drafted #2 overall is expected to be a star player in the league. He’s a complimentary player and a bust for where he was drafted.

    • biasedhomer - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      O think theres been only one #2 overall, Durant, in the last 10 years or so that acutally became a star.

      • dacapt704 - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        True..largely because the teams that select that high every year have GMs who make terrible me, I live in Charlotte, I know! LOL…

      • borderline1988 - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        Lamarcus Aldridge is a star.

        Although besides for him (and Durant), there have been a remarkable number of busts as the #2 draft position:

        2002 – Jay Williams
        2003 – Darko Mlicic
        2004 – Emeka Okafor
        2005 – Marvin Williams
        2006 – Lamarcus Aldridge
        2007 – Kevin Durant
        2008 – Michael Beasley
        2009 – Hasheem Thabeet
        2010 – Evan Turner
        2011 – Derrick Williams
        2012 – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

        That’s not exactly a who’s who of today’s NBA stars. If those 9 guys were on an team (sans Durant and Aldridge), they’d probably be hard pressed to make the playoffs in the D-League.

        The #3 position in the draft would have yielded a number of stars/more promising youngsters over the same period…which just shows you that NBA scouts are not that much better than your average couch potato.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:43 AM

        @ borderline1988

        Wow, that’s very interesting! I never even paid attention to that before. Almost seems like going #2 is a curse! Wow man, how do you whiff that bad for that long? And remember, LMA also got traded by the Bulls for TYRUS THOMAS!

    • philadelphiafan - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      Let’s not kid ourselves. Turner was drafted high in a very weak draft class. I mean, John Wall was the #1 pick. And I still think it’s too soon to call Turner a bust. Barring a trade, he’s the go-to-guy this year so we’ll see how he handles that.

  4. tmatic74 - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    The boy simply can’t play!!! Lets get all the known stink out of the Wells Fargo center now at all cost.

  5. e39er - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    He’s not as quick as a 2 or as strong as a 3, doesn’t have crazy athleticism or quick lateral movement he’s a combo guard/small forward and at best a solid role player or #3 option….still he’s a good player and a contender would love to have him

  6. htownred34 - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    He’s a do it all guy and a secondary ball handler. He’ll handle the ball more this season and I see him putting up solid all around numbers of 15 pts, 6 rpg and apg…

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      Solid all around numbers? Have you looked at his career FG percentage? His career 3 pt shooting percentage? They are both bad.

      His career PER is only 11.9, the league average is 15.

      If he does average 15 points, it will be because he’s taking a lot of shots as he needs to since so many don’t go in…

  7. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    I have a friend that works within the Sixers organization, and he described Evan Turner as timid, not a leader, and that he displays all the signs of having an “inferiority complex.” Turner was hazed badly by teammates as a rookie, and supposedly everyone got in on it…office workers, ball-boys, EVERYONE. The dude sounds like Kermit the frog when he speaks…

    The Sixers really needed someone to turn their organization around, and they missed badly with the #2 selection they used on a player that literally hasn’t progressed at all since his arrival in the league. Could have had Paul George or Greg Monroe, but the Sixers got this chump instead. Swing and a misssss….

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:50 AM

      Dayumm, you just took a big, wet, steamy diarrhea on that poor kid! Jeez! And was the Kermit voice reference even necessary to illustrate all the stuff you were saying about him? You were just piling on at that point! Gawwwd!

    • tuberippin - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      “I have a friend that works within the Sixers organization, and he described Evan Turner as timid, not a leader, and that he displays all the signs of having an “inferiority complex.” Turner was hazed badly by teammates as a rookie, and supposedly everyone got in on it…”

      Awesome anecdote. Where’s your actual evidence??

  8. qpoiu1 - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    IMO he is the kind of player that would thrive in a Sixth Man role..some team looking to improve their bench should have interest

  9. therealtrenches - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Hindsight is 20/20. Turner was the unanimous choice at number two with few, if any, pundits saying otherwise.

    It’s sad to hear that he was hazed so hard that it became detrimental to the team. Were the Sixers supposed to see that coming?

    Yeah, he should have thicker skin, but a little encouragement isn’t such a bad thing either.

  10. mungman69 - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Yeah, Turner is the player that the experts said was the best player on the board when it was time to make the #2 selection. Turner will never become a star but he will help some team win.

  11. axelmontoya99 - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    He sucks. They could trade him for a couple of Snikers

  12. phillylawhopeful - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    I’m a diehard Sixers fan and Turner is really a poor man’s Tyreke Evans, similar build, similar draft position, similar stats – just not quite as good and a year older. He is a 3rd option on a 6-8th seed or a 6th man on a winner.

    13/7/4 per 36 minutes on 43% shooting versus Evans at 18/5/5 on 45% shooting. So, I think his trade value would be just south of Evans…figure $8-10 million/year equivalent value.

  13. muhangis - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:32 AM

    That class isn’t “very weak” as you think, it had DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George, Derrick Favors, Greg Monroe, Larry Sanders, Ed Davis, Eric Bledsoe, Avery Bradley, and Grievis Vasquez in the 1st rd.

    I’m not saying it was a very good draft class, but you need to analyze it better. A ‘very weak’ draft class is more like 2000, *2001, 2002, and 2011. 2006 was pretty weak as well.

    And yes Cousins is a great player, likely he may be the best PF in the entire NBA this upcoming year. Considering how incredibly young he is, and he hasn’t averaged that many mins per game so far.

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