Oct 022010
Sixers rookie Evan Turner

Sixers rookie Evan Turner

October 2 Philadelphia Daily News:

“This all has been such a crash course for 76ers rookie Evan Turner that you half expect his head to be spinning out of control right about now as training camp starts to wind down.

Spin it has. But coach Doug Collins is starting to see the smile return to Turner’s face, the confidence back in his step. A giant leap from when Turner struggled mightily in Orlando during summer league games.

Turner has been paired with Lou Williams on the second team for most scrimmages. For a majority of the time, it has appeared that Turner has been running the point – not the spot the Sixers envisioned for him when they took him with the second overall pick in June’s draft.

“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.””

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