Mid-afternoon Thursday in Indianapolis, most Indiana Pacers fans were going about their daily lives without missing a beat. Next thing they know, Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen are packing their bags and heading to Indy.
As first reported by Yahoo! Sports, the Pacers traded away longtime forward Danny Granger to the Philadelphia 76ers for Turner and Allen. Indiana also sent Philly a future second-round draft pick as part of the deal.
Setting aside Granger and his time in Indiana momentarily, let’s talk Evan Turner and what role he could play in a Pacers uniform.
Turner is more athletic. He’s more versatile and better at attacking the basket. Turner’s game is somewhat comparable to Lance Stephenson’s in terms of getting out in transition, attacking the basket and still needing to improve his perimeter shooting.
Evan Turner will immediate consume Granger’s minutes off the bench. He also acts as an insurance policy in the case that Stephenson gets in foul trouble or is injured and misses some time on the court.
Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel likely could use Turner as the sixth man off the bench at the 6:00-minute mark of the first quarter, when Stephenson comes out. Vogel typically inserts Stephenson back into the game in the second period to get some run with the second unit.
Not entirely sure if Turner would play alongside Stephenson and C.J. Watson off the bench, but it could likely happen when opponents go small and try to out-run Indiana. Turner has a nice history of playing strong defense as well, something that will greatly benefit him in his time with the Pacers.
Standing at 6’7″ and weighing about 215 pounds, Turner could certainly provide size and strength at small forward. Turner, 25, is also much younger than 30-year-old Granger, thus giving him the advantage in quickness and bounce.
We at Always Miller Time look forward to seeing what Evan Turner has to offer. It is also necessary we thank Danny Granger for his time and efforts while in a Pacers uniform.