76ers Deal Former No. 2 Overall Pick Evan Turner to Indianapolis

By DJ Byrnes on February 20, 2014 at 3:47p
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With the trade deadline looming, Evan Turner is on the move to his second NBA team, per Yahoo!'s indomitable NBA reporter, Adrian Wojnarowski. 

Turner, who is averaging a career-high 17.4 points per game this season, will go from the 15-40 (last place in the Atlantic Division) Philadelphia 76ers to the 41-13 (first place in the Central Division) Indianapolis Pacers.

Turner was a consensus All-American and National Player of the Year during his final season for the Buckeyes in 2010, finishing first in the Big Ten in points (20.4), second in rebounds (9.2) and second in assists (6.0)

Oh yeah, Turner has prior experience making magic on his new home court:

 

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OSUStu's picture

Good for him.  Hopefully he is happy to move to a contender and get of out of the sports hell that is Philadelphia.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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InvertMyVeer's picture

Kind of a raw deal for Granger lol

Football is complicated...

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dfseed's picture

First off, please tell me you are have watched ET play for the sixers right???  If you have you would know that he was no where close to being worth the 2nd overall pick.  Also, sports hell that is philadelphia?  Are you serious?  I think you a must be crazy or short sighted because the eagles made the playoffs this past year, winning the NFC east.  And it was only a few years ago that the sixers themselves beat the bulls, and went on to take the celtics 7 games.  Also the flyers have only missed the playoffs 2 times in the past 18 years.  Not to mention the Phillies in 2008 winning the world series, along with getting back in 2009, and then losing to the eventual world series champs in the playoffs both of the following years.  Finally all four major sports teams, (which is more then any team in OHIO has)  all have won championships.  1960 eagles beat packers for nfl championship!  Think before you speak young man, think before you speak.  

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dfseed's picture

Should have know you were from the hole in the ground in western PA.  Is that place even considered a city? All that comes to my mind is that ugly old lady that makes those fraud sandwiches with fries on them (which were stolen from Rutgers University), truckers who use dip, and little Cindy Crybaby!  Just remember who the really city is from PA. 

Donald F Seedes III

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moopdawg's picture

Representing Pittsburgh here.

How many Super bowls have the Eagles won?  Not "championships," Super Bowls.

How many Stanley Cups have the Flyers won?

How many World Series titles have the Phillies won?

Whatever the answers are, add them all up and they are still less than the number of Super Bowls won by THE Pittsburgh Steelers.  But what the hell...the city of Pittsburgh has more championships than Philly in baseball and hockey too. 

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dfseed's picture

MoopDog, I was responding to someone stating that Philadelphia is a sports hell.  No does that really make any sense with the facts I have listed?  Because if I had to pick a sports hell, I would go with cleveland, cinch, houston, or something of that nature.  Not philadelphia which every major sports team has won at least a championship of some sort.  Last time I checked sports are really a matter of what have you done for me lately philosophy  And in that case, I would say the Eagles made the playoffs most recently and the steelers didn't both in pretty horrible divisions this year.  Secondly, the last time the Pens and Flyers met in the playoffs and regular season we beat you guys.  Not to mention when you went to the cup we were right there next to you in the EC FInals.

If you look at the first comment, it really makes no sense, because (I agree the sixers are bad) it is no where near a "sports hell".  And I don't care where you are from, you cannot for one second say it is. Then I did research and your friend above is from Pittsburgh, which makes a whole lot of sense.  Also is profile says that the NBA sucks, so why is he commenting in the first place.  

Just another example of people on the internet talking out of the butt, and not really having any information.

 

Did I mention the sixers are trying to tanking??? And they are doing a pretty good job of it I might add, they have two first round picks, and three second round picks, plus MWC.  

Donald F Seedes III

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NoVA Buckeye's picture

So I guess championships in eras where the Steelers were good were the only ones that counted, right? The Steelers were a steaming pile of shit before 1970

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OSUStu's picture

Philadelphia sports history aside, I was actually referring more to the sports culture in Philadelphia which you have illustrated pretty well.  Go boo Santa Claus.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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dfseed's picture

Funny you never said "culture" you said specifically "sports hell," which is very inaccurate.  We are very knowledgable fans, and honestly being from PHILADELPHIA, (which I am assuming your ID doesn't state Pittsburgh on it, but another convo for another time) there are two things in this town that people care about: sports and food.  

Just because some bad fans represent us, which all sports teams have (including the Bucks) doesn't mean that is how we all are.  I only illustrated my competence to show a fraud on this site. You say you don't care about the NBA, on your profile, but yet commenting on an NBA related post.  Your favorite player is ET, which you get a pass because you probably still remember him from college, and have never watched a game of his in the NBA in which he is currently shooting 42%, where he is supposedly the star of the team.  That is horrible.  The sixers also got a second round pick in the trade and will likely not resign granger.  They are supposed to tank this year and you would know that if you followed the NBA.  

Finally, I want to apologize for not reading what you didn't write in your originial post. (Philly sports culture hell???) 

Donald F Seedes III

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OSUStu's picture

I fully recognize that Philly fans are both knowledgeable and passionate.  Some of them are good fans.  Some of them are bad.  However, it appears to me (and to others if you look at any poll of the worst fans in America) that there is a greater percentage of bad fans in Philly than in other places.  This culture is the reason I used the term sports hell.

Take Eagles fans in recent years for example, just off the top of my head and not mentioning what others have already brought up:  booed Donovan McNabb as he was drafted and countless other times; booed Jeff Garcia playing while injured, while they were winning; cheered Michael Irvin's career-ending neck injury.  And I am pretty sure that the old Veteran's Stadium used to have a court, sitting judge, and a jail on premises because the fans were so out of control.  

But, yes you are correct that I don't really care for the NBA.  I don't follow it much compared to other sports but that doesn't mean I have no idea what is going on.  But I still like ET and am happy to see him land in a better situation.  

 

 

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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Poison nuts's picture

Just to chime in, Philly fans are notoriously the meanest, angriest, most arrogant & even violent fans of professional teams in sports. I've spent plenty of time there & have seen examples of their general bad fan-ship on many, many occasions. So when the term sports hell was used, I took it as the culture. They hated Evan there. The fact they are intentionally tanking & don't like it when ET wants to win is truly pathetic. I'm glad he got out.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

Plus, those thugs from West Philadelphia made poor little Fresh Prince move to Bel-Air!  The animals!

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Poison nuts's picture

See what I mean - monsters!

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

They booed Santa Claus. For real.

Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

DFSEED - how'd you like that sweet goal by Crosby in the Gold Medal game?

 

QB option: ride & decide.

buckeyejonross's picture

God, you sound like a maniac. So bitter of your west side statemates aren't we?

"You might as well appeal against a thunderstorm as against these terrible hardships of war. War is cruelty, there is no use trying to reform it; the crueler it is, the sooner it will be over." -William T., Battle of Atlanta, B1G.

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Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

Don't know what happened to my previous comment. Man, the mods at 11w are ultra sensitive and touchy, sheesh.

All I did was point out that DFSEED doesn't know sh*t If he thinks Evan Turner isn't that good, along with referring to the world's best hockey player as "Cindy"...weak. You sound like a typical Philly fan: immature, frustrated, desperate, and bitter.

QB option: ride & decide.

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dfseed's picture

Shooting making 16 pts on 14 shots is not good, especially when you are the main go to guy on the team.  And no where near what 2nd overall pick should be playing as.  

Oh and that best player in the world has choked in the playoffs every time since he has won the cup, (which he wasn't on the ice for).  He has the best team in the league throughout the regular season and then chokes under pressure.  Look at the olympics, no goals as the best player on team Canada.  

Those are facts

Donald F Seedes III

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Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

Dude, Lebron takes like 27 shots a night to get his 30 points.

Turner is all-around solid. He can pass too. You're just wrong if you thought one high draft pick would solve all of Philly's problems. Blame management if anybody. Philly is hell.

And you're just hating on Crosby out of jealousy. You'd take him on your team in a heartbeat. Look who the NHL's leading scorer and best overall player is, it's not even close.  ..... As for the Olympics, sure he only has two points so far, but if you knew anything about hockey, you'd have noticed how many scoring opportunities he creates...it's just a matter of time. Remember, who got the CLUTCH overtime game-winning Gold Medal goal in the last Gold Medal game? Crosby. 

And I'm sure you'll be making excuse when the Pens (& Blue Jackets) are in the playoffs while the Flyers are sitting at home. 

QB option: ride & decide.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

How is 16 pts on 14 shots not good? Math, my man, math.

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northwest_buckeye's picture

Dude, Eagles fans threw iceballs at Santa and Phillies fans throw D cell batteries at opposing players.

Oh, and there was a jail and attending judge at The Vet. Case closed.

(Pun)

I've never said I 'hate' anyone because that would imply I had any emotion for them whatsoever.

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dfseed's picture

Have you looked up the story of santa claus incident? Okay well let me refresh your memory, the santa claus was drunk on the field and was representing an advertisement.  The eagles were 2-10 that year, 1968, which you sir probably weren't even alive for.  And if you watched some games this year, cincy vs. Baltimore you would have seen the same thing.  What about the LA dodgers fans beating up the SF giants fans?  Or Mich State starting bonfires all over town this year.  Bad fans are everywhere.  

And honestly, the players who can handle the heat: Chase Utley, Allen Iverson, Brian Dawkins, Claude Giroux, Keith Primeau, Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay, Brian Westbrook, Reggie White, Chris Pronger,  Bernie Parent, Mike Schmidt, and many others are heroes in this town and love it here.  Even TO last week has admitted it was his best year ever playing football.  So, in conclusion stereotypes are everywhere, but look at the facts they never lie.  

Donald F Seedes III

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rdubs's picture

I don't care one way or another, but Philly fans definitely seem to have the worst reputation regardless of sports.  This guy didn't do anything for their reputation either: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5098407

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northwest_buckeye's picture

Philly sports teams are horrendous. Speaking of things I wasn't alive for... A championship for the Eagles, Flyers, or Sixers. The Phillies have one in my life... So let's do some math: 4 teams, 30 years, one title. That's 1 combined championship in 120 combined seasons. That's a sports hell.

It's ok to be a fan; We're all fans. It's not ok to be blatantly wrong about dominance of a city in athletics. And I hate to be the bearer of bad news... But Pittsburgh is whooping Philly in sports titles. We can talk about sports history of the US pre-1983, but then Cleveland would still whoop Philly. Because that's all. they. talk. about.

I've never said I 'hate' anyone because that would imply I had any emotion for them whatsoever.

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Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

It is a widely known fact that Philadelphia has THE worst fans in all sports.

QB option: ride & decide.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

The Worst Sports Fans in America

#1 and #2 - Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Eagles
The Meanest Fans in America

Over the years, Philadelphia fans have booed Santa Claus, their own star players, and most absurdly, the recipient of America's very first hand transplant, whose crime was dribbling in a ceremonial first pitch—thrown with his freshly transplanted hand. Boooo! Admittedly, there are some things fans have cheered. Like Michael Irvin's career-ending neck injury and a fan being tased on the outfield grass. Things reached their nadir last season, when Citizens Bank Park played host to arguably the most heinous incident in the history of sports: A drunken fan intentionally vomited on an 11-year-old girl. The truth is this: All told, Philadelphia stadiums house the most monstrous collection of humanity outside of the federal penal system. "Some of these people would boo the crack in the Liberty Bell," baseball legend Pete Rose once said. More likely, these savages would have thrown the battery that cracked it.
 

It's no coincidence that Penn State checks in at #7 as it shares many of the same fans as the above.

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dfseed's picture

A lot more central and western PA fans then philadelphia fans at Penn State.  

But bottom line is Philly is no where close to a sports hell with 3 of the 4 teams being competitive almost every year, and all 4 making it to their respective championship since 2001.  

Finally the main point is much of a buckeye fan I am, I am also a realist.  ET was not worth the 2nd overall pick and never lived up to the hype. Not the same player as he was in college.  And coaches would rather play others while he was there because of his poor attitude.  Stop living in the past, and realize that ET id not as good as he was when he played on the Bucks.   

Donald F Seedes III

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

But bottom line is Philly is no where close to a sports hell with 3 of the 4 teams being competitive almost every year, and all 4 making it to their respective championship since 2001. 

You are still completely missing the point.

Philly is a sports hell because of the people who live there.

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dfseed's picture

Nice one dude!  And where are you from? Some hick ass town in farmland america?  seriously there are horrible people everywhere, not just philly.  You know that, and I am clueless as to how people on this site are able to say things about people or towns for that matter without knowing or ever visiting the place.  You guys do realize that the best receiver on the bucks last year was from"philly"  or should i say hell, because thats how you describe it.  It really is quite crazy to think you guys are actual people who have lives and jobs, which I assume you have to interact with people on a regular basis.  

Your missing my point, stereotypes are a bad thing to believe in for a reason.  They are not true.  Not to mention Evan Turner is even described by a teammate of his as a villain.  So maybe he couldn't hack it in that sports town because of the pressure. 

Do you honestly believe he should have been the 2nd overall pick in that draft?  Is he that type of talent really?  

Donald F Seedes III

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rdubs's picture
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Carson's picture

The Kid ET got his change of scenery. And what a place to be traded!

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AeroBuckeye2001's picture

As someone living in Indianapolis, I'll definitely take the trade.

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mh277907's picture

Good for ET. Now, go beat the Heat, Villain!

buckeyebobcat

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kevdale86's picture

As a Buckeye and 76er's fan, this kinda sucks for me. But I'm happy for ET getting to go to a good team with a chance to make some noise in the playoffs.

vitaminB's picture

Is ET going to get any run in Indiana?  Is he going to start over Stephenson?  I like this move for the Pacers, they get a cheaper, healthier player, but I'm not sure this is the best case scenario for ET and his FA push next year.  I'll be rooting for the Pacers for sure, once the Bulls bow out in the first round.

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Brandon26841's picture

I'm guessing he'll be their 6th man. I don't see him starting over Stephenson; that guy's having a great year. 

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BierStube's picture

Pick which GIF is Danny and which is Evan

 

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216ToThe614's picture

That scUM broadcast video of Evan's shot never gets old. I could watch that all day

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Doc's picture

Good for the Villian.  Buckeyes doin work.

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teddyballgame's picture

Pacers were already my fav team...ET should fit in well.  I approve.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

The best part about the video is the Michigan player still holding his hand up, stunned.

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BucksfanXC's picture

Better than Thad talking trash and having to be reeled in by Eddy "Charge!" Hightower?

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chowoon97's picture

Pacers is a real title contender. But the problem is that Heat got Greg Oden. Hard to root against him.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Not really. I'll cheer for him, but there's no way i'll ever cheer for the Heat.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Evan Turner's GWer vs. ttun

*ttun radio call*

"Lighty, here's that quick lead to Turner, Turner from mid-court, good look....

Pure Michigan

 

Fuck m*ch*gan! That is all.

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bigbadbuck's picture

Evan Turner was expected to be the lead scorer in Philly this year and for the last month or so his shot has been off to say the least. He'll be expected to play more defense and no he will not start over Stephenson who's having a terrific year!

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9Route's picture

Haha LOLz at the scUM broadcast!

I'm just happy to be here

tussey's picture

Sweet, this is great news

brandonbauer87's picture

This seems like an odd move for the 76ers. I'm not sure what they gain in the deal. An aging former all-star on the wrong side of his career?

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NCBuckeye2011's picture

I personally love ET as player however I have not watched him much while he has been in Philly. He's definitely a good compliment for the Pacers but a couple of my Sixer-fan friends (who watch the games much more than I), say that he's not as good as advertised. Not sure if they are just asshole Philly Fans or are they correct? Loved his game while at tOSU but I don't watch much NBA until the late playoff rounds. If Stephenson decides to bolt for a paycheck after this season (free agency) then ET could be a good 2nd option if they want to resign him.

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sb97's picture

To me ET is not the type of player that was going to lead a NBA team in a bunch of stats.  I always saw him as more of a guy that would make the rest of the team that much better.  Philly is the pits right now and was before he ever got there which is why they had the second over all pick to begin with.  They needed a different type of player.

northwest_buckeye's picture

Best of luck to ET. Glad to see him get a legit chance at a title.

As for Danny Granger... Like Happy Gilmore's coach said after final cuts...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hmg_fJ6A4k

I've never said I 'hate' anyone because that would imply I had any emotion for them whatsoever.

312Buckeye's picture

Was driving through Indy today.  Their radio stations saying that Larry Bird really likes Turner.  Stephenson supposedly want a "max type" contract.  They're saying that Turner is some insurance if Stephenson leaves, or least they can use Turner as leverage in negotiations with Stephenson.  Great deal for Turner to go from the pits in Philly to a contending team.  Hope he makes the most of this opportunity.

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RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

I'm not a Pacers fan, but I certainly hope they can win it all now. Just as long as it isn't Miami. 

(I'm not a Lebron hater, I just grew up watching Jordan's bulls teams and hate the "let's all sign together" BS. Can you imagine Magic, Bird, and MJ pulling that crap? Me neither.)

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Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

Indiana made out like bandits on this deal.

QB option: ride & decide.

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Philly_Buckeye's picture

Bummed to see Evan go. As a Philly fan, he was the only thing I liked about the team. I'm glad he ended up on a good team with a chance to take down the Heat. At least we got another Buckeye..... B.J. Mullens. I'm not nearly as excited about that one though.

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NoVA Buckeye's picture

Yeah I'm still puzzled that they went to get Byron Mullins... ha ha ha ha ha they must really want to tank

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BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

Yeah BJ Mullens was a joke. He needed like 2 more years in college B4 going to the NBA. But its all about them Benjamins now aint it.....LOL

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BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

Glad for ET to get a chance to challenge for a ring. He may not be elite but he is a solid player. Beat of luck to the Buckeye Gr8

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buckeyestu's picture

That last second shot by Evan will be one of my favorite Buckeye moments forever, and that it came against scum, makes that shot much better. I do not follow the NBA much until playoff time, even though I am not a Pacers fan, hopefully they will win the title this year.

ScarletGray43157's picture

Turner was averaging a career-high 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists at the time of the trade.  He is at 43% shooting overall and 29% from 3-point range.  On a better team like the Pacers these numbers may go up since Turner won't be as much of a focus for the defense because there is more talent on the Pacers to guard, and Evan will likely come off the bench for Indiana.  Could be a boost to Turner's career in the long run.

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BuckeyeLaw's picture

Best of luck to Evan. Now I REALLY want to see the Pacers beat the Heat in the East!

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hetuck's picture

I recall Evan's love for Waffle House. I remember a story in the Plain Dealer from his rookie season about taking a cab in Cleveland to eat before the game and having his highest point total to date.  As 11W has demonstrated, there are infinitely more Waffle Houses per capita in Indiana than eastern PA. I expect a corresponding increase in scoring. 

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NoVA Buckeye's picture

There are also more per capita in Ohio than any other state north of the Mason-Dixon line

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