The No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft picked up where he left off as a junior swingman at Ohio State in his first NBA game leading the 76ers in scoring with 16 points, grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists. His ability to produce scoring the basketball, hitting the glass hard or distributing the ball is what won Turner the 2010 Naismith and Wooden awards for college basketball's top player.
Ever since Philadelphia snagged the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft lottery, skeptics doubted Turner's ability to perform at the same high level he competed at in college because of his limited jump shot and "lack of potential". How would he fit in the same backcourt as Andre Iguodala and Jrue Holiday, who similarly struggle with their outside shooting? With no true low-post option, why not take the second most talented player in the draft, DeMarcus Cousins? While it's too early to say "I told you so" to some scouts after just one career game, Turner should have certainly inspired some Philadelphia fans to believe in Evan Turner…well, for at least another night.