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Evan Turner at Williams Arena scouting report

Let me begin by saying I am probably one of the last people who should be doing a basketball scouting report, but I was at Williams Arena and have seats that are ideal for watching the flow of the game, so what the hell.

For starters, don't worry about the injury. I haven't seen a boxscore, but he must have played close to 35 minutes. He is healthy!

Second, he could play for Tubby Smith! That's meant to be a compliment to his defense. The guy plays defense and has the "Knack". In the first half he had at least two legit blocks where the ball was still in the shooters hand. One from behind on a drive to the hoop, the other on a short shot where he knew were to be. He also stole the ball out of a Gopher's hand near the basket. He may have had another block near the rim off an offensive rebound, there was a lot of traffic so I can't guarantee he got the block, but after watching the replay, I'm pretty sure it was him.

Offensively, he did not force the issue in the first half, and I believe only had 3 points. However, he made several good passes and did nothing stupid. He seemed to have no problem setting up teammates. In the 2nd half, he became more aggressive offensively and put up some points, but never looked like a "Ball Hog".

The thing that struck me as I watched him is that he looks like a baller. At one point my wife had to remind me he isn't playing for the Wolves yet and I should be wanting him to play bad. He was often in the mix, made good passes to his teammates, and never seemed to force anything to make himself look better. I watched Eric Gordon against the Gophers a couple years ago. Gordon looked OK, but didn't seem special in that game. Turner looks like a basketball player. As I mentioned above, he seems to have a basketball "Knack". Considering he just got back from a broken transverse and probably still feels pain, I am now putting him in the top 3 players I hope the Wolves get (the first two being the obvious guys). He is better today than Corey Brewer, I have no doubt, and I like Brewer (as  6th man)!

BTW, he did this in a game that his teammates couldn't make an outside shot.

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