Evan Turner wanted to start for the Celtics this year. And when Brad Stevens told him he wasn't starting this year, Turner playfully went on a search for answers from his head coach...starting with a closer look at his BAC.
#Celtics Evan Turner JOKED when Brad Stevens first told him he'd be on bench: Smelled his breath for alcohol, checked office for drugs.— Scott Souza (@Scott_Souza) November 9, 2015
Turner joked that when Stevens told him he'd come off the bench, he smelled Brad's breath for alcohol. "I said you've gotta be high."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) November 9, 2015
Turner continued that he trusts Stevens and the process. "There's a bigger picture than me."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) November 9, 2015
Turner joking with his coach about whether or not his decision making is impaired by being over the legal limit is a pretty solid joke. The two definitely have a rapport and Stevens quite clearly trusts Turner to run his offense and play a major role on this team. But if anyone is hypothetically drinking in this scenario, it's Turner.
Among Celtics averaging over 10 mins/game, Evan Turner has the lowest PER at 9.1. Only the struggling David Lee has a lower true shooting percentage, Turner is at 45.9 and Lee is at an abysmal 41.2. The leader for the Celtics in true shooting percentage among those playing at least 10 mins/game? Jonas Jerebko at 61.7, followed by Jared Sullinger at 61.3, and Amir Johnson at 60.9. Turner averages more minutes than all of them and is playing a whopping 9 min/game more than Jerebko. The 6'10" swingman has a better case to breathalyze Stevens than the perpetually inefficient Turner.
And then there's this:
NBA stats newsletter dubs Evan Turner “Mr. Average,” a nickname he probably won’t be in a rush to adopt: pic.twitter.com/GuiPpDPgtl— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) November 5, 2015
So yeah, Evan Turner is kind of hilariously the very definition of an average NBA player. If ET continues to play more minutes than Amir, Sully, and most of all - Swedish Larry, the only logical explanation is that Stevens and Turner have been out drinking together.
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