03/25/11 1:10 pm EST
John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins may be putting up some nice statistics in their rookie seasons. Congrats to them. Guess what though? The Wizards and Kings are light years away from making any type of noise in the postseason.
76ers rookie Evan Turner is learning how to win in the NBA right now. He’s contributing as a member of one of the most talented backcourts — and benches for that matter — in the entire League. He’s grown to embrace his role off the bench. Turner’s shown his own flashes of brilliance this season too. The 20 point, 7 rebound game against Golden State early in March was a defining moment for the combo guard. The 23 points in Phoenix without Iguodala didn’t go unnoticed either.
The best thing I took away from my time with Turner was his recognition of how mental the game of basketball becomes at the professional level. Mistakes must be limited. Improvements must be made. And progress will come.
Turner can surely become a 20-5-5 guy with multiple all-star appearances. He didn’t burst onto the scene in high school or college for that matter. The few of you have already written Turner off are the same individuals who after the 3-13 start wanted the 7-6 to lose games and “tank” this season.
Well this season we have all learned that adjusting your attitude, like Evan has done this season, can make all the difference.
Catch the full Evan Turner interview after the jump.