02/26/13 12:51 am EST
It goes without saying that 2012-13 has been a major disappointment for the76ers. Outside of the stellar play from Thaddeus Young and Jrue Holiday, not much has gone right for Doug Collins & Co. over the first 53 games of this season.
Since January 1st, the Sixers own a record of 7 wins and 15 losses. As we all know, the team is currently stuck in a 5 game losing streak and has dropped 6-of-their-last-7. Included in this most recent stretch of losing is a 19 point loss to Indiana, a 17-point L to the Clippers and a 114-90 beat down at the hands of the Miami Heat. In short, it’s been ugly for the Sixers of late.
So if I told you we found a silver lining among all of that garbage would you believe me?
Would you think I was totally crazy if I told that one of the few positives I could pull from watching the Sixers over the last six games was the play of Evan Turner?
You would be hard pressed to find a bigger Evan Turner critic then this scribe, so as I re-watched the recent string of Sixers games, I found it hard to believe that I was asking myself this question, “Is it possible that Evan Turner is playing better basketball?”
The “eye ball test” tells me that Turner may in fact be playing at an improved level and a after quick look at the basic stats from the last six games one could argue in favor of my suspicions. However, if you dig a little deeper there is evidence that suggests Turner is playing at the same old disappointing level.
After the jump, I’ll provide you with a look at the facts and you can decide for yourself what is going on with Turner over the last six contests.