Evan Turner making a case for first All-Star bid

Evan Turner making a case for first All-Star bid
November 13, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Evan Turner is averaging a career-high 23.0 points per game. (USA Today Images)

Is Evan Turner on the path to making an all-star appearance this February?

“Whether I make it or not, in general, certain situations like this are good for confidence,” said Turner, the ninth-leading scorer in the NBA. “You know when you know -- whether I make it or not I know how good I am and how good I can be. I am not really worried about the talk.

“It is early and the whole thing is about being consistent. We haven’t even played 10 games yet."

Turner is averaging 23 points and shooting 50.7 percent from the floor. Only LeBron James is averaging more points and shooting as high a percentage around the league. And for the first time in his career, Turner is getting to the foul line regularly, averaging 5.6 free throw attempts per game.

“I am getting foul calls,” Turner said. “Before I didn’t trust getting foul calls so I would pull up when I probably should have kept going because I didn’t understand how they were calling fouls. But that has definitely helped.

“I have a mindset of trying to get my rhythm early. I try to get to the line and keep running in transition. I think I have done a better job running this year than the past few years.”

Turner’s first three years in the league he played for Doug Collins, with whom there was a perceived clash. The 2010 No. 2 overall pick came off the bench as a rookie, and it was not until the midway point of his sophomore season that Turner became a permanent fixture in Collins’ starting lineup.

Last year, Turner averaged 13.3 points and 12.8 field goal attempts. This season his field goal attempts are 17.5 on average, taking his scoring up 10 points per game.

A new style of play and a new head coach has fed into Turner being talked about as a possible all-star.

“The first three years, the most anybody scored was 18 by Jrue [Holiday],” Turner said. “For a while there we were just getting 14-point-a-night scorers, and that was all because of the pace. Sometimes things can seem inflated a little bit but it is all about pace and how you run your team.

"And [Brett Brown] is a consistent guy. He does the same thing every day, he preaches the same thing every single time. He has a plan and he stays with his plan. I get to my spots, I take the same shots for the most part but they are going in.”

Turner could become the first Sixer to average at least 20 points since Allen Iverson did so in the 2005-06 season.

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