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As reported by Boston Herald, former Sixer Evan Turner is puzzled about the Sixers trading Michael Carter-Williams.
Here is what Evan Turner says:
“That’s psycho, too,” he said of trading the 2014 rookie of the year. “I don’t know what they’re doing over there, to tell you the truth. Michael is going to benefit from going to Milwaukee. They have a great young core, on top of the fact that Jason Kidd is a point guard coach and it will help him grow as a PG.”
“I really don’t know. They traded Jrue Holiday, who was a 22-year-old All-Star. A class-act kid, and then they got rid of him,” he said. “I don’t know. Maybe they see something. Most people don’t. It’s a sad situation. I guess their analytics team has something in mind, but that’s something only they know. We’re not in the office every day.”
Since Turner left the Sixers, his career high season was as a Sixer in 2012-2013 season. Turner had 1091 PTS, 71 STL, 58-159 3PM-A.
Kevin Johnson tells the Post Game Network that Allen Iverson led him to his retirement. Johnson said, “A guy coming at me full speed named Allen Iverson. He did that kind of high crossover, and my knees buckled. I knew, I knew, it was time to move on”.
Three Sixers made the Top 10 Rookies list by NBA.com. Scott Howard-Cooper ranked Nerlens Noel second-best rookie at #2, K.J. McDaniels ranks at #4, and Jerami Grant ranked at #10.
1) Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota)
2) Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia)
3) Elfrid Payton (Orlando)
4) K.J. McDaniels (Philadelphia)
5) Nikola Mirotic (Chicago)
6) Jusuf Nurkic (Denver)
7) Marcus Smart (Boston)
8) Zach LaVine (Minnesota)
9) Tarik Black (Los Angeles)
10) Jerami Grant (Philadelphia)
Here is what Scott Howard-Cooper had to say about each of the three Sixers:
“The only rookie to ever average more than 1.50 blocks and 1.50 steals the same season was David Robinson in 1989-90. Noel is at 1.71 and 1.60, respectively. He has blocked at least two shots in six consecutive games, including six in 31 minutes Friday against the Timberwolves, to move to into a tie for 10th in the league.”
“McDaniels vs. Nikola Mirotic for fourth place: McDaniels is having a standout season on defense for a rookie, is tied for 22nd in the league in blocks, and both are about 40 percent from the field. Mirotic has better 3-point range despite being 6-foot-10, McDaniels is a better shot blocker despite being 6-foot-6. McDaniels may have a clear path to minutes because he plays for the 76ers, but in the end, Mirotic cannot overcome the fact that he is having trouble getting on the court. Chicago’s front-court depth is not the problem this time.”
“Grant has been one of the standout rookie defenders without much attention despite carrying an automatic spotlight as the son of Harvey, nephew of Horace and brother of possible 2015 first-rounder (and Notre Dame standout) Jerian. Jerami has also turned into a decent offensive threat in the last 20 games, earning a Ladder audition. That’s the key word: audition. He is the seventh different player at No. 10 in as many weeks, one of the signs of the soft ground under the bottom half of the pack.”