Coming to a milk carton near you: MISSING-Evan Turner
In case you haven’t noticed, the Sixers’ number two overall pick hasn’t been playing that much.
Since March 23, when the Sixers took on the Hawks, Turner has played more than 10 minutes just one time. That one time was against the Sacramento Kings, who are frankly awful, so Doug Collins probably felt comfortable giving him a lot of playing time against that team.
Not only is he getting limited playing time, but against the Rockets on Wednesday and the Bucks on Saturday, Turner received a “DNP-CD” on his game log. This stands for “Did not play-coach’s decision”.
Translation? He was benched.
So why the sudden change in heart by Head Coach, Doug Collins? After all, before March 23, Turner logged in at least ten minutes for the last 40 games.
I’ll let Collins answer that question for you.
“Benches sometimes do get shorter in the playoffs,” said Collins.
That means teammates Lou Williams and Andres Nocioni, who have been battling with Turner for minutes all year, are ahead on the rotation.
This means Mr. Turner may still be missing in the playoffs too.
Turner is a player who needs the ball in his hands, and the Sixers already have players such as Williams and Andre Igoudala, who are the ball handlers on the team. Until Turner improves his play off the ball, Collins is not going to put him in the game in big spots.
Turner also lacks an important element that teammates Williams and Nocioni both have.
Playoff experience. Of course, Turner can’t help that. It’s not his fault he is a rookie.
But since a lot of players on this team have never been to the post season, Collins probably wants as much playoff experience on the floor as possible.
If you find Turner, or have any knowledge of his whereabouts, please contact 1-800-THE-LOST.