Sixers camp questions: Turner to score more?

Sixers camp questions: Turner to score more?
September 23, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Evan Turner averaged a career-high 13.3 points last season. (USA Today Images)

With the Sixers' training camp set to open at the end of the week, there are questions that come to mind -- many questions. Over the next couple days, we will ponder those burning questions entering the Brett Brown era.

Will the Sixers have a dominant scorer, or will the team be as it was two years ago when five players averaged between 11.0 and 14.9 points?

A year ago Jrue Holiday led the Sixers in scoring with 17.7 points per game, attempting a team-high 16.5 field goals per contest. He was the 21st-leading scorer in the NBA.

Nine players in the league averaged at least 20 points, and eight of those were on playoff-bound teams. Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge was the only 20-point scorer whose team did not make the postseason.

The Sixers will struggle to score this season. They are too young and inexperienced, but someone has to put points on the board. Evan Turner stands the best chance to be the team’s leading scorer.

With point guard Michael Carter-Williams learning on the job, mistakes have to be expected. Players like Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes need someone to get them the ball. Turner, however, can create for himself.

Turner averaged 13.3 points in the 2012-13 season, taking just under 13 shots per game. He has always preached that if he has the ball in his hands more and is given an opportunity to take more shots, he can be the 20-point scorer he was his final year at Ohio State.

Turner is entering the final year of his contract. Should he and the Sixers not come to terms on an extension by the end of October, the 2010 No. 2 overall pick becomes a restricted free agent next summer.

Given the new management and new head coach, Turner is likely headed for the latter scenario. That will give him incentive to show the other 29 teams, as well as the one that drafted him, he is worthy of a multi-year deal.