Evan Turner

Evan Turner

College: Ohio State
Birthday: 10/27/88
NBA Position: Shooting Guard
Class: Junior
Ht: 6-7
Wt: 210
Hometown: Chicago, IL
High School: St. Josephs
NBA Comparison: Brandon Roy

Strengths: Turner could arguably be the best scoring guard in the nation. Turner has a plethora of moves and is undeniably smooth with the basketball in his hands; he can score from just about anywhere on the floor. He features a great mid-range with pull-up jumpers as well as the ability to absorb contact and finish around the rim, all while showing he can be a playmaker for his teammates. He plays the game with an impressive passion and intensity that allows him to be an above average defender and often finds himself diving for loose balls. He is adept at playing the passing lanes with his near 7-foot wingspan and is an exceptional rebounder for a shooting guard.

Weaknesses: For Turner to become an elite scorer in the NBA, he must improve his 3-point shooting and catch-and-shoot ability. He relies on creating his own shot and must learn to set himself up in scoring situations without the basketball; a better scorer than shooter. He will need to add muscle to his long frame to avoid physical defenders effecting his style of play. Turner can be caught over-dribbling and putting himself in turnover situations. He suffered a serious back injury early in the 2009/10 season, but made a quick comeback eliminating questions about his durability.

Brandon Curry – 2/9/2010

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