Philadelphia 76ers: Will Evan Turner’s Shooting Coach Turn Him into a Stud?

Posted on March 19, 2011


It was recently announced this past week that Sixers rookie Evan Turner would work with coach Herb Magee over the summer to improve on his shot.

Magee has coached at Philadelphia University for 44 years and stands at a high pedigree as a shooting coach.

Entering the league, Turner’s biggest problem was his shot. He still has struggled with it throughout this season, but is making some improvement.

Because of this, Turner will be working with Magee the entire offseason.

Magee has worked with other NBA players on shooting like Jameer Nelson. If you look at Nelson’s field goal percentages over the years they have clearly improved, so why can’t Turner do the same?

This season Turner has showed flashes of being a great player. He has demonstrated great rebounding skills and has become a smarter player.

Since he isn’t the most athletic player out there, he needs to start using craftiness more unlike most players who rely on athletic ability.

However, Turner’s shooting problem has been his only major obstacle.

Coach Magee said, “What we won’t do is just come in and start firing shots. We’ll work on fundamentals—where the shooting hand is, the guide hand, the legs—then build to the final shot. There’s no sense in shooting three-pointers if you don’t have the right form from 10 feet. I will show him what I consider to be the perfect shot, the way of releasing the ball.”

Magee definitely knows what he is talking about and I think it’s great news for Turner and Sixers fans.

However, Sixers fans must realize that Turner struggled his rookie season at Ohio State, too. Just take a look at both stats from his first year and compare the two.

Rookie season at Ohio State: 8.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists.

Rookie season with the Sixers: 7.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists.

Deja vu, huh?

Turner struggled his rookie season because he wasn’t aggressive at the time. The next two years at Ohio State he became aggressive and one of the best players in college basketball at the time.

So why can’t he do the same here?

I think that Turner’s shot will be much improved with the help of Coach Magee and he will find his aggression entering next year just like Ohio State.

Sixers fans shouldn’t worry about him or start placing the “bust” label on him just yet. He has a ton of potential in this league and right now he is taking a stepping stone in the right direction.

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