October 8 Philadelphia Daily News:
“Cover your ears, Sixers fans, because, understandably, you probably don’t want to hear this, but trying to get a team that won just 27 games last season back to being a contending team in the Eastern Conference is not a sprint. In fact, it’s not even a marathon. It just might take a few years of growth and struggle.
Of course, the brass that runs the Sixers wants it to happen much quicker than that, but at the same time, it knows the patience it has to practice and the tweaking that will have to be done with the roster.
Evan Turner, taken with the second overall pick in the draft, is kind of a microcosm of what the team’s higher-ups hope the future is – OK now, great later.
In two preseason games, Turner, who has spent most of his time at the point instead of at shooting guard where most envisioned him, has averaged about 26 minutes, nine points and six rebounds. He’s turned the ball over only once, but has made just two of 14 shots. There are glimpses of his talent sprinkled in between uncertainty and frustration.
“I think he’s gotten better every day,” said Sixers director of player personnel Courtney Witte. “Obviously, it’s a learning process with coach [Doug] Collins’ staff. What was taught this summer is a carryover, but yet it’s new and it’s coming at a higher rate. I think he’s been a sponge and I think he’s learning to trust his teammates, talk to his teammates, and, in turn, they’re learning him. I think that he’s gotten an education every day. He’s picking things up.”
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