Where were you when you found out the Sixers had won the 2nd overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft? I myself, as it happened, was on this very site. I saw the magical #2!!!!!! and thought I might have just died and gone to heaven. A savior was coming to Philadelphia, and his name was the Villain.
Am I being melodramatic? Well....yes. But there's no doubt that getting the chance to draft Evan Turner was a boon for the Sixers. He was the consensus best player in the draft, after John Wall. He was the best player in college basketball. He could score. He could rebound. He could pass. He was clutch. Basically, an all-around stud who was sure to become a very good player, if not a superstar, in the NBA.
Yeah, well. That didn't happen. After a decent rookie season, in which he played a not-insignificant role against the Miami Heat in Sixers' first round playoff loss, ET simply failed to develop. He was always an above-average rebounder and defender for his position, but his offensive game never really seemed to translate. His tendency to HeroBall instead of BasketBall, high usage, inability to shoot from long-range, and lack of elite athleticism all worked against him.
All of this culminating in his shipping out to Indiana, along with Lavoy Allen, in exchange for a Danny Granger whose contribution to this team will likely be minimal, if not entirely nonexistent. It's not hard to think about what could have been, had Evan become the player we thought he'd be. Hell, if things had gone as expected and we hadn't landed in the top 3 of the draft, maybe from #6 we would have taken Paul George. But then again, in this alternate ET-less world, maybe Hinkie isn't our GM. Maybe Doug Collins is leading the team to the 7-seed this year and sleeping like a baby. Maybe Willie Green is still on the team.
This is to say that without these four years of Turner, we probably wouldn't be having the beautiful train wreck that is this season right now. Wasn't this the dream, from the very start? To tank so hard that David Stern would wake up in a cold sweat? The future is bright for this team, and it's the Villain who helped get us here.
Goodbye, Evan. Now get the hell out of Philadelphia.