Brown: Turner can share while still getting his

Brown: Turner can share while still getting his
January 22, 2014, 3:30 pm
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In the 14 games this season he's dished out five-plus assists, Evan Turner has averaged 21 points. (USA Today Images)

NEW YORK -- With Tony Wroten sidelined for a second straight game because of a sprained right ankle, backup point guard minutes are available.

Like he did on Monday, Brett Brown will turn first to Evan Turner when Michael Carter-Williams needs a reprieve.

It has long been known that Turner likes the ball in his hands but point guard is not his natural position. It is Carter-Williams' true position, just as as it was for MCW’s predecessor Jrue Holiday.

Turner is best suited to be a strong perimeter player who aggressively attacks the basket, but that’s not to say he should be only one-dimensional.

Lately the Sixers' starting small forward has seemed to be working through a balancing act.

"He has the keys to the car and he knows how to drive it," Brown said of Turner. "All point guards know how to make the system work for him. I want it to work for him. I think he has a chance to control his own destiny more now that he has the ball.

"It is easy for a coach to say, but the reality is he hasn't played the position. You don't just make stuff up and hope it happens. I hope he gets a little more comfortable with it tonight."

Over the last three games Turner is averaging 9.7 points per game, nearly half of his team-high 18.1 average for the season. He also has a total of six assists in those three contests compared to the 3.7 he averages.

Furthermore, in 14 games this season Turner has posted five assists or more, and amazingly, in those games he has averaged 21 points.

Brown used one of the game’s elite as an example to explain to Turner how he can be a sharer without taking away from his own scoring.

"Look at what Kevin Durant is doing with [the Thunder]," Brown said of the NBA’s leading scorer, who over his last 10 games is averaging an amazing 38.3 points and 6.1 assists. "Everybody has accepted a role. [Durant] is the head of the snake but he is proactive. He is always in attack mode and it creates tension for the defense that enables other people to be open. That's how I view Evan more than anything."

"They are trying to play more as a team," Brown continued, talking about the Sixers. "Sometimes that results in Evan not being as aggressive as you want, so it is a double-edged sword, this message that we are preaching, but at the end of the day I am still convinced that is how you play the sport."