Ranking the 10 Worst Trail Blazers starters of the Damian Lillard era

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Evan Turner was one of the Trail Blazers worst players of the Damian Lillard era.
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4. Evan Turner, 2017-18 season

Portland signed Turner to a lucrative multi-year contract, but the former Ohio State Buckeye never lived up to the deal. As was the case throughout his NBA career, the idea of Turner was always better than the player himself. A 6-foot-6 guard who’s versatile on both ends of the floor? Sure. Except that’s not quite who Turner turned out to be.

The 2017-18 campaign was the second of Turner’s stint in Portland and also his worst. Despite starting almost half the season, he averaged just 8.2 points and 3.1 rebounds on 45 percent shooting. His defense and playmaking were supposed to be his calling cards, but he only managed to average 2.2 assists and 1 total stock (steals plus blocks).

His offensive win share total of 0.5 was 10th on the team and his total win shares ranked eighth behind players like Shabazz Napier and Ed Davis. He also chipped in a -0.3 VORP.

The ’17-18 season was the worst of Turner’s ill-fated three-year stint in Portland. He spent a year with the Timberwolves after leaving the Blazers before falling out of the league entirely.