Turner striving to be among NBA's elite players

Turner striving to be among NBA's elite players

Zumoff and Rose recap the Sixers' win

January 3, 2014, 9:00 pm

Evan Turner is averaging career highs in points (19.6) and rebounds (6.7) per game this season. (USA Today Images)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Evan Turner is the 19th-leading scorer in the NBA, tied with Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul. Both players are averaging 19.6 points.

While Turner is not in Paul’s class, one could easily argue that he is the least talked about top scorer in the league this season.

Yes, the Sixers are just 11-21 this season. But with the minimal success the team has experienced this season, it seems that most of the praise goes toward Rookie of the Year front runner Michael Carter-Williams, the improved Thaddeus Young or a steady Spencer Hawes.

Turner is averaging a career-best 6.7 rebounds, as well as 4.2 assists this season.

However, there is still a belief that Turner can and should be doing more on the court.

“Copping the brunt of it is too harsh, but Evan is trying to please. He is trying to share the ball,” Brown prior to the Sixers’ win over the Kings.

“He bested college basketball and then there was a stage early on where he was trying to force too much, playing in a crowd. We have challenged him to get other people involved. He needs to take that attack mentality that he does have and get other people involved.”

Early in the season when Turner had scored 20-plus points in nine of his first 10 games, there were rumblings that the fourth-year swingman might be able to crack the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

Turner went through a rough patch that quieted most of that chatter, but that hasn’t slowed down his desire to reach that All-Star level.

“I am taking the right steps to acclimating myself as a premier player in the league,” Turner said. “I want to keep getting better, gaining rhythm and confidence, and that is the biggest thing whether I get a call in February or not. I think it is just about being acclimated and asserting myself. That is the biggest thing for my mental as opposed to anything else.”