“Evan Turner, the 6-foot-7 swingman selected by the 76ers with the second overall pick in last month’s NBA draft, was hard on himself when he was asked Thursday to critique his performance this week in the Orlando Pro Summer League.
“Horrible,” Turner said. “It’s not what I expected of myself. I’m not proud of the way I’ve played. But I’m glad for the experience.”
While Turner may not be living up to his own standards, the Chicago native has shown some of the all-around game that last season earned him consensus college-player-of-the-year honors as a junior at Ohio State.
In his final season with the Buckeyes, Turner averaged 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 6.0 assists to become the first player since Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson (1959-60) to put together a 20-point, nine-rebound, six-assist season.
Entering Thursday night’s 77-76 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, Turner was averaging 9.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists for the Sixers. He had 12- and 13-point games, twice snatched eight rebounds, and chipped in with four assists a couple of times.
When the Sixers (2-2) dropped their first game of the week, Wednesday against Oklahoma City, Turner came up with only four points on 1-of-6 shooting while grabbing eight rebounds in 27.3 minutes.
At times, the 21-year-old Turner has shown the frustrations of trying to find his way in a new game. His body language tells the story, as do his occasional reactions to calls by the referees.”