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Evan Turner Says Paul George ‘Has A History of Not Showing Up’ And A Potential Teamup With Joel Embiid Would Be ‘Soft’

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Paul George is considered one of the prime two-way players in the league, but he has a reputation for not stepping up in big moments. Former teammate Evan Turner noted this on the Point Forward podcast with Andre Iguodala.

I think their Kyroptine would always be what it is. Either Haliburton would like to mature into a go-to game-ender or PG it’s just going to… A Haliburton matchup might be cakewalk to certain people, you know what I mean? Like coming down the stretch. Like, that’s not in no disrespect for sense. I’m just saying because that’s the only best option because has a history of not showing up…

I’ve never met a human that will let a media rumor drive his energy or personality. Somebody said, I heard he’s going to Philly, nigga was like, you know what? I’m going to Philly. 

You know how soft that team gonna be if he and Embiid would go together? It’d probably the most skilled duo since Kobe and Shaq. Embiid gonna be hurt and PG would be Paul, though.

Evan Turner on Paul George

Before anything else, context is important. The guys were talking about a hypothetical scenario where every second-round team still has their past superstars. The New York Knicks/Denver Nuggets got Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Durant to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Paul George to the Indiana Pacers.

Turner brought out a possible kink to the George-Pacers scenario. Tyrese Haliburton would have to kick the extra gear because, as the former No. 2 overall pick, attests, George could disappear during crucial games. He then added his opinion about a potential partnership with Embiid in Philly.

Is Evan Turner Correct?

George is a nine-time All-Star and a six-time All-NBA Team member. He also made four All-Defensive teams, a testament to his two-way talent. However, he did have some duds, especially in elimination games.

According to Statmuse, George averaged 21.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.8 steals in 21 elimination contests in the playoffs. To make it clear, these are “loser goes home” games where superstars need to step up.

While these numbers aren’t bad, it’s the efficiency that did him in. In these outings, he shot 43 percent from the floor (17 attempts) and 31 percent from deep (seven attempts). 

For some reason, he is even worse in closeout situations. In 15 closeout games, George averaged 18.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.9 steals, with 39/33/78 shooting splits.

At 34 years old, time is running out for the Fresno State product. Would a move to the Philadelphia 76ers be his only way out?