2013-14 Player Reviews:
|Minutes Per Game||10.3|
|Shooting Splits||38 FG% |
|Points Per Game||3.0|
|Rebounds Per Game||2.3|
|Assists Per Game||0.9|
|Steals Per Game||0.5|
The Hedo Turkoglu experiment didn’t make sense when it was first brought up, but Clippers coach Doc Rivers
“He’s another shooter,” said Rivers following the signing of the 14th year veteran. “Sometimes you don’t bring a guy in because a guy is not doing something. You bring a guy in because he does something our other guys do as well. He’s another shooter and can space the floor. He’s very skilled. We would like to take advantage of that.”
Part of the reason Turkoglu was brought in was due to poor play from the other wings and injuries that depleted the wing depth that was lauded coming into the season. Yet and still, Rivers enthrallment with the former Orlando Magic star was quite appalling.
Praised as a shooter, Turkoglu had struggled to excel in that area the last few years. Needing wing defense to combat with the Kevin Durant’s and Lebron James’ of the world, Turkoglu was a wash there, losing lateral quickness as he aged. Rim protection? Post defense? Rebounding? Nope, and yet, Rivers was big on making Turkoglu a key player on a potential championship contending team.
Turkoglu showed flashes. He’d score here. Knock down three’s there. Make some solid plays.. Dunk (Okay it was against the Los Angeles Lakers, but still), but he could never pull it together to make up for the lack of production from the position. It’s hard to put much blame on Turkoglu. As mentioned above, injury opened the door for Turkoglu, but poor roster construction created a burden that Hedo was unable to carry in his 14th season. This wasn’t the guy that had a hand defeating the Lebron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers in 2009. This was a guy who hadn’t played basketball in a year whose head coach was hoping he could reach and pull something from the past. But ’09 Turkoglu wasn’t walking through that door for the Clippers.
In the end, when things began to look up for Turkoglu, he’d go down with a back injury that wiped away his postseason. Would Turkoglu had made a difference in the Western Conference semi-finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder? Likely not, but you never want to see a player’s year ended like that.
This summer, Turkoglu will be an unrestricted free agent and while he hasn’t hinted toward it, retirement seems most likely for the 35-year-old forward, especially after missing the final eight games of the playoffs due to a severe back injury.