- Mar 26, 2005
In the last twelve games (admitted cherry-picked but this is probably the basis of the observations above), ET has been shooting .551 with a TS% of .607 (he's shooting .457 on the season even including this hot streak; .417 before it) while averaging over 5 rebounds and 5 assists a game. He's also only taken 3 3Ps during that time, which is a big plus for him.This is like the twilight zone for me. What are people seeing in Turner? Super athletic? Love him in the pick and roll? Positive influence? We're watching very different games. I've long been one of the biggest optimists about the Celtics, but I had two concerns coming into the year: David Lee, and Evan Turner. Turner's been a bit more plausible defensively, but much as with Lee, I think there's a good chance the team would benefit from Evan Turner being benched. I appreciate the value of versatility, but you need to be good at something for that.
Other than IT4, ET is the only person on the Cs right now that can create a decent shot and if he keeps shooting in the .500s, I assume it means that he's creating good shots (for him). Plus, my eye says that he's pretty versatile defensively.
If only ET could develop a 3P shot. Reports have surfaced over the years about ET working with various shooting coaches and doing other drills (here's the most recent one I could find: http://www.nba.com/celtics/news/sidebar/prac-111915-Evan-Turner-Working-Overtime-Improve-Shot) but his mechanics on catch-and-shoot jumpers look ugly to me, possibly because the way he shoots his bread-and-butter pull-up jumper. Oh well.