Pacers will make Evan Turner reach his potential

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Evan Turner’s rookie year with the Philadelphia 76ers has been anything but normal; and not in a good way. The Chicago native who took home all the major national player of the year awards in college basketball during his final season of “amateur” status at Ohio State. His NBA career get off to a very rough start. He looked terrible in summer league; had an atrocious first couple months and when he returned to play in his hometown versus the Bulls for the first time, his numbers read like this: 6.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 40.6 FG%, 1.8 Asst. The Sixers demanded better ROI on their 3 year, $12 million investment.

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Sixers will deal Evan Turner; Bobcats and Spurs are front-runners

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(UPDATE: Evan Turner traded to Pacers)

Evan Turner probably doesn’t fit into Philadelphia’s long term plans. He’s likely to be traded by Thursday when the NBA Trade Deadline expires, and a scorer such as Turner will be in demand.

When the Philadelphia 76ers drafted Evan Turner #2 overall out of Ohio State in 2010, they thought they were selecting a franchise cornerstone. Finishing his college basketball career with the Buckeyes, he was as highly decorated as a player can be- sweeping all the national individual awards.

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Bulls vs. Sixers will be a series; other observations and quips

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So this is life A.R. after Rose. As you can see above Derrick Rose watched game two of the Chicago Bulls playoff series with the Philadelphia 76ers from a United Center suite with his mom. And his absence explains the final 109-92  score.

For a game recap, with audio from the players and coaches check out this link from Internet FM

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Will Evan Turner Play in his Return Home to Chicago vs. Bulls?

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It wasn’t supposed to be like this. No, not at all.

After Ohio State University superstar Evan Turner was taken by the Philadelphia 76ers second overall in last June’s NBA Draft,  and the NBA schedule came out, I circled December 21st on the calendar, the date ET came home to face the Chicago Bulls. The Southside native who prepped with Illini point guard Demetri McCamey at St. Joseph in suburban Westchester, was going to start a professional game in his home town for the first time.

After sweeping all the national player of the year awards in college basketball, Turner looked to be on his way to becoming Philly’s franchise centerpiece. But after struggling in summer league, and getting off to a rough start in his rookie season, Turner now finds himself on the bench and hardly playing at all.

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#2 Pick Evan Turner Struggling with Sixers So Far

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Last spring,  I had the pleasure of covering all four weekends of March Madness. This college basketball vocational voyage, which I dubbed the “Midwest Swing,” granted me a lot of face time with the national player of the year Evan Turner. This kid from my hometown of Chicago swept all the player of the year awards en route to winning the Big Ten Tournament, reaching the sweet 16 and becoming the #2 pick in the NBA Draft.

The Ohio State Buckeyes were prominently featured in three of the four Regionals I covered in 2010, so I got to see Turner and his teammates play a hell of a lot.

From March until the beginning of the NBA season I saw Turner: become a national sensation by hitting a half-court buzzer beater to eliminate the Michigan Wolverines, whine to the media about Illini trash-talking him the next day, win a conference tournament and later every important individual award, get eliminated by Tennessee in the Sweet Sixteen, get drafted second overall, get rattled by trash talk again (this time from the Purdue Boilermakers Student Section Twitter account) struggle massively in Summer League and begin his professional career.

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Sixers’ Evan Turner has his own Sportswear brand in China (Video)

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Today we live in a world and marketplace that is more globalized than ever.When the NYSE is closed the Nikkei is open for business. There are deals to be closed somewhere in the world around the clock. After all, this website is one of the top 5,000 viewed sites in Costa Rica. In that vein, the Philadelphia 76ersEvan Turner is making cheddar in China, a nation where the NBA is huge! Like the video below tells us, the number of people who play basketball in China is larger than the entire population of the U.S.A.

If you follow Evan Turner on Twitter, you might notice that his page quote is the exact same that I have on my own Facebook page: Jay-Z’s famous “I’m not a business man, I’m a business; MAN!” from his rap on Kanye West’s single “Diamonds from Sierra Leone.”

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Evan Turner Struggled in NBA Summer League

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NBA Draft #2 overall pick Evan Turner got off to a great start in NBA Summer League. However, after his first game things went down hill. In the opener of the NBA summer league in Orlando, Turner had 12 points and eight rebounds to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat Derrick Favors and the New Jersey Nets 84-74. Turner got the better of a match-up between the #2 and #3 picks in the Draft, playing even better than his box score would indicate. But he really struggled in his last four summer league contests.

The Ohio State product, Big Ten Player of the year, and Wooden and Naismith award winner has flourished in the open court, but struggled massively in half court sets.

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Evan Turner shines in 76ers Summer League Debut

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This July, the NBA Summer League is certainly taking a back seat to the NBA Free Agency period. But here at The Sports Bank we got you covered. Especially when it comes to His Royal Smoothness Evan Turner, the most blogged about individual in TSB history. Although David Kahn, Adam Burish, Erin Andrews and Jenn Brown are not far behind.

They say only geeks and die-hards follow the NBA Summer League. Well, include me in that group. Hey this is Mr. Turner, a southside Chicago native we’re talking about, and he put on a clinic Monday night.

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Evan Turner talks about spending his new Money (Video)

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Remember this past March when Demetri McCamey, D.J. Richardson and the rest of the Illini were talking trash to Ohio State‘s Evan Turner in Big Ten Tournament semifinal game? And Turner responded by later showing the “holding my dollars” sign at the Illini bench?

Presumably that was in reference to all the money he’ll make in the NBA come June.

Well TMZ.com indeed sent this link to the right place. Because TMZ obtained video hours after the Philadelphia 76ers took Chicago native Evan Turner as the #2 overall pick in last night’s 2010 NBA Draft — the 21-year-old and his family hit Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club in NY … where he told TMZ.com how he plans to spend his new fortune.

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Evan Turner a 76er! I Promised myself I wouldn’t Cry

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Evan Turner, Southside Chicago born and bred, the most written about individual in the history of The Sports Bank, and the individual athlete I’ve written about more than any other, became the sixth Ohio State player under the direction of Thad Matta, head coach of the Buckeyes, to be selected in the opening round of the annual National Basketball Association Draft in the last four seasons when the Philadelphia 76ers selected Turner with the second pick Thursday.

Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr., and Daequan Cook, all freshmen from Ohio State’s 2007 NCAA runner-up squad, were taken in the opening round of the 2007 NBA Draft. Freshmen centers Kosta Koufos (2008) and B.J. Mullens (2009) also were first round selections.

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Portland, with the first overall pick in 2007, selected Oden. He was the first Buckeye selected with the opening pick. Conley went to the Memphis Grizzlies with the No. 4 pick and Cook was selected by Philadelphia with the 21st pick of the opening round. Koufos was taken by the Utah Jazz with the 23rd pick in the first round in 2008 while Mullens went originally to the Dallas Mavericks with the 24th pick in 2009. He was then traded to the Oklahoma Thunder on draft night.

Since 1947, 47 Ohio State basketball players have been drafted by NBA teams, including 22 first round selections.

Turner joins Mullens, Koufos, Oden, Conley, Cook and Michael Redd, now in his 11th year with the Milwaukee Bucks, as former Buckeyes currently active in the NBA. Redd earned a gold medal for the United States on the men’s senior national team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He also was elected to the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame and was inducted last fall.

Contributing to an NBA team has long been a goal for Turner.

“Tonight marks another dream coming true,” Turner said. “As a kid growing up, I always dreamt of eventually playing basketball in the NBA and it feels amazing to know that I have finally accomplished that. I am excited to play in Philly and enjoy everything that the city has to offer … especially the cheesesteaks. Right now, I just cannot wait to lace up, get on the court and start playing what I hope will be a long and successful career.”

Turner swept the 2010 college basketball season player of the year awards after claiming the Naismith Trophy and John R. Wooden Award, as well as the Sporting News, USBWA, Associated Press and NABC POY awards. The junior guard also was the Big Ten Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player at the annual Big Ten tournament, which the Buckeyes captured with a win over Minnesota.
He was named both the 2010 Ohio State Male Athlete of the Year as well as the Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year following the season. The most recent award was announced Wednesday.

Turner averaged 20.4 points and 9.4 rebounds in 2010 as his Buckeye team reached the Sweet 16 of the 2010 NCAA Tournament and won the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. A 6-7 junior from Chicago, he was the conference’s top scorer and rebounder and ranked No. 2 in assists (6.0, 6th in the nation) and steals (1.7).

Matta said Turner deserves this night after the effort and dedication he contributed to the Ohio State program over the last three years.

“I could not be happier for Evan and his family,” Matta said. “He came to Ohio State with a dream and he was able to achieve it through hard work and dedication.  He had the opportunity to enter the draft a year ago but showed maturity by returning to school.  He had not accomplished what he wanted as a Buckeye and he knew he had to become a better player.  He is the model for all young athletes who aspire to play professionally by doing things the right way on and off the court.  I know that he is excited to begin this new journey.”

Ohio State’s NBA First Round Draft History

Year Player Yrs at OSU Team Round (Pick)
1947 Jack Underman 1946-47 St. Louis 1 (7)
Paul Huston 1945-47 Chicago 1 (8)
1950 Dick Schnittker 1948-50 Washington Capitols 1 (5)
1961 Larry Siegfried 1959-61 Boston Celtics 1 (3)
1962 Jerry Lucas 1960-62 Cincinnati Royals 1 (6)
John Havlicek 1960-62 Boston Celtics 1 (9)
1964 Gary Bradds 1962-64 Baltimore Bullets 1 (3)
1968 Bill Hosket 1966-68 New York Knicks 1 (10)
1971 Jim Cleamons 1969-71 Los Angeles 1 (13)
1980 Kelvin Ransey 1977-80 Chicago Bulls 1 (4)
1981 Herb Williams 1978-81 Indiana Pacers 1 (14)
1982 Clark Kellogg 1980-82 Indiana Pacers 1 (8)
1984 Tony Campbell 1981-84 Detroit Pistons 1 (20)
1986 Brad Sellers 1985-86 Chicago Bulls 1 (9)
1987 Dennis Hopson 1984-87 New Jersey Nets 1 (3)
1992 Jim Jackson 1990-92 Atlanta Hawks 1 (4)
2007 Greg Oden
2007 Portland Trailblazers 1 (1)
Mike Conley Jr.
2007 Memphis Grizzlies 1 (4)
Daequan Cook
2007 Philadelphia 76ers 1 (21)
2008 Kosta Koufos
2008 Utah Jazz 1 (23)
2009 B.J. Mullens
2009 Dallas Mavericks 1 (24)
2010 Evan Turner 2008-10 Philadelphia 76ers 1 (2)

EVERYTHING you need to know about #2 Overall Pick Evan Turner

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“And with the second pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select Evan Turner from the Ohio State University.”

That’s what you’ll hear tomorrow night as the Sixers make it official. Turner is a needed compliment to Andre Iguodala on the wing and will bring his versatility to a franchise badly in need of a go-to player.I truly was blessed this past season and post-season to have had the opportunity to closely cover college basketball’s most decorated player in Ohio State’s Evan Turner.

“His Royal Smoothness” as I often call him, won the Wooden, the Naismith and pretty much every other national college basketball player of the year award (seven in total). And he could very well be the next Scottie Pippen. He’s also EASILY the most blogged about individual athlete in The Sports Bank’s history.

I’ve written so much about him during this past year, I think his mother Iris James is the only person on this Earth who knows more about Turner than I do.

Paul M. Banks presents the greatest hits collection

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