The Celtics will get a look at the No. 2 overall pick in last month’s draft later today when they face the 76ers. John Wall might have been the biggest name with the biggest upside, but Evan Turner was the best college player this past season. He scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Sixers opening day win over the Nets, but after going 2 for 5 shooting and turning the ball over twice, Turner said the biggest thing he took from his summer league debut was simply shaking the rust off.
He said it had been forever since had played five-on-five.
“It felt good definitely, starting my career,” Turner said. “I was ready to get my career going and playing with my future teammates. I was definitely excited. Just getting my rhythm back again, getting my flow back and my timing back and not looking like I never played a game of basketball before.”
Newly hired head coach Doug Collins held court with reporters talking about the potential the Sixers have with Turner and Andre Iguodala and said that it only helped having both Turner and Jrue Holiday on the summer team. Turner’s a big piece of what Collins wants to do in his first year.
“He’s a great kid and we’re putting a lot on him,” Collins said. “We want him to be the quarterback of our team.”
The responsibility didn’t bother Turner.
“I expect a lot from myself in general,” Turner said. “When people tell me to ‘calm down’ or ‘take it easy’ I still expect a lot to compete at a high level and play at a high level. The more and more I do it, I think the quicker things will come.”