Atlanta Hawks: Grading the Evan Turner, Kent Bazemore Swap

Evan Turner, Kent Bazemore (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Coming over from the Portland Trailblazers to the Atlanta Hawks in the trade for Kent Bazemore, is the versatile Evan Turner. He stands at 6’7 and weights 220 pounds. Turner is able to play all three perimeter positions and even some small ball power forward, both offensively and defensively. He is entering season number 11, after originally coming into the league as the number two overall pick out of Ohio State University. Evan Turner brings with him, career averages of 9.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He has a career field goal percentage of 44 percent and is a 78 percent free throw shooter. Turner had his best overall year, during the 2012-13 season with the Philadelphia 76ers. He registered per game averages of 13.3 points, 4.3 assists and a career best 6.3 boards, while staring all 82 games. The following season he was poised to have an even better year, scoring 17.1 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out 3.7 assist per contest in 54 games with Philadelphia. He was traded to the Indiana Pacers at the trade deadline, in a deal involving Danny Granger. His season averages fell with him accepting a bench role on his new team, but he still averaged a personal best 14 points per game.

Evan Turner signed with the Boston Celtics prior to the 2014-15 season and registered his best season in terms of assists, dishing off 5.5 dimes per game. He spent two seasons in Boston and his solid play helped him earn a robust four-year 70 million dollar contract, with the Portland Trailblazers in the summer of 2016. This past season, Evan produced averages of 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists. He sunk a career best 46 percent of his shots from the field and knocked down a personal best 49.5 percent of his two point shot attempts.

Evan Turner seems to be happy about the news that he has been traded to Atlanta. He took to social media with the following tweet, replying to the announcement of him being traded by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

This 2018-19 highlight montage by the Portland Trailblazers YouTube channel, gives Atlanta Hawks fans a glance at the skill set of Evan Turner: