I have been one of the bigger Turner cheerleaders here since the day he was drafted, until about the middle of this season, when I realized that I don't see that he's terribly good at basketball. Or he is, but only sometimes, or when he feels like, or when the moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, or if he's playing against LeBron James because he still wants to believe he's the big star he was at OSU and a worthy #2 overall pick, or when his green power ring is fully charged, or whatever combination of exotic circumstances lead to one of those ultimately-more-frustrating-than-encouraging Really, Really Good Evan Turner Games Where He Looks Like the Guy We Hoped He Was.
I so, so, so wanted him to be good. First, I wanted him to be awesome, but didn't think he would be, due to his lack of incredible athleticism. But I thought he could develop into a sort of "Six Degrees of Iguodala Is Garbage" kinda guy, a second playmaker on the floor with Jrue, a super-plus rebounder, a plus defender, a guy who could score enough to pull his share of attention from his defender.
The problem I think he has is, as has been at least alluded to in other comments on other threads, although I'm not sure anyone's said it outright (and I'm too lazy to go back and check) is not just his lack of elite athleticism. I simply don't think he's very bright, at least in terms of BBIQ (anyone else suddenly craving some ribs?). He does dumb things. Makes a lot of ill-conceived passes (although his heart is sometimes in the right place, and at least he's a better passer than Sammy Dalembert, the Worst Passer I've Ever Seen In Person). He'd rather stare down a ref for not calling a foul against him than get back and play defense. He brings the ball up the floor with his head down. He too often decides what he's going to do long before he tries to read the defense, or maybe he doesn't even bother reading the defense.
If he were a bit more athletic, he'd be a 6'7 version of Tha BOSS.
I just threw up in my mouth for saying that. But it's true, if you look at it. It wasn't Swaggy who should have been compared to Tha BOSS all season. The only thing they had in common was a penchant for terrible shot selection and a flair for getting insane crazy hot and taking over every once in a while. Turner is Tha Nu BOSS. It's all there in front of us, if we're willing to see it. BOSS is more athletic, Turner is bigger, but the mentality, the overall Weltanshauung of the game, it's all the same. And like there were a few people who were kinda obsessed with Tha BOSS and how we didn't appreciate his greatness, there are some who feel the same way about Turner.
And like Tha BOSS, it's not so much that he's a horrific basketball player or something. It's just that his inconsistency and his inability or unwillingness to change his game and his low BBIQ combine to make him incredibly frustrating, because you KNOW there's something special there, if he, or some coach, or some teammate, could just find a way to tap into It.
Like a BOSS.