Josh Robbins and I are evaluating the 2012-13 season of each player who finished the season on the Magic roster.
Our series taking a look at all 14 players continues with my look at the player who had the most difficult 2012-13 season:
2012-13 stats: 17: 20 mpg, 26.4 fg%, 0.42 3p%, 50.7 ft%, 2.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.1 apg
Background: Turk became the first player from Turkey to make it in the NBA, signing with the Sacramento Kings in 2000. He flourished in Orlando, however, as he was named the league’s Most Improved Player in 2007-2008, averaging 19.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 82 games. But his career veered off course after he signed a 5-year, $53 million free-agent contract with the Toronto Raptors in the summer of 2009. Orlando brought him back in mid-December of 2010, acquiring him in a trade with Phoenix, but Hedo hasn’t been the same player.
Strengths: Turk’s 2012-13 season was a disaster as the 6-10 point forward couldn’t show his trademark versatility. Although he reported in shape for training camp, he sustained a broken hand in the Magic’s season-opener against Denver and missed 28 games. It would be his only start of the season, and he played in just a total of 11 games. He was suspended 20 games by the NBA in February for testing positive for steroids.
Needs to improve: He will have to devote his offseason to staying in shape – not always a priority for one of the game’s most popular players. Turk’s days with the Magic are likely over, but he could still help a playoff-caliber team with his size and experience.
The future: The lottery-bound Magic made a decision to sit Turk for the rest of the season after he returned from his suspension, giving time to young players. At 34, he doesn’t fit the club’s rebuilding plans and is expected to be bought out of his contract this summer. He is owed $12 million in the last year of his contract, but only half of his salary is guaranteed.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun