So I was taking notes during the game tonight on Evan Turner. I noted what Turner did on every offensive possession while he was on the court. All of us would love to see Turner be more aggressive when he has the ball. Tonight was a lot of the same. Even though he was very efficient with the ball (4-6 shooting, 6 assists) he did not drive to the bucket once (to my knowledge). That is pretty disappointing considering he was on the floor for 52 offensive possessions (on my count). More after the jump.
Here are the numbers that I ended up with.
- Turner was on the court for 52 offensive possessions
- He shot the ball 6 times in those 52 offensive possesions
- He ended up with 6 assists, but 4 of them came in the first quarter
- During the 52 offensive possessions when Turner was on the court, he did not touch the ball on 28 of those 52 possessions
The last stat line is somewhat skewed because of the fast break opportunities we had tonight considering Turner was not a part of any of them, but I still think ball movement is incredibly important to this team's success. Something else that bothered me was the fact that when Turner got the ball and he passed to a team mate, 90 percent of the time Turner didnt even dribble, he caught it and passed to someone else.
Now dont get me wrong, I think Turner is going to be a star. I just did this out of my own curiosity and to really see how passive/aggressive he was. It is only 13 games into the young man's career and I'm excited to watch him grow and develop into a franchise player.