Even Turner has found a nice fit for himself as forward for the Portland Trailblazers. But according to a new interview from Turner, he almost left the NBA before getting to Portland.
During the 2013-14 season, Turner played for the Indiana Pacers. He had the worst season of his career. Before that season, he averaged 17.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and a steal per game for the Philadelphia 76ers. During his time in Indiana, he couldn’t find a way to fit into the team. He played just 29 games, posting a -3.2 while on the floor. His stats took a nose dive, dropping to 7.1 points a game, worse than even his rookie season.
It was so bad that he became depressed and considered quitting basketball forever. Via The Ringer:
I think after my stint in Indiana, I had to [figure out] if I wanted to play in the NBA or not. It was all about getting back to being happy. I think that was the biggest thing. For lack of a better word, just saying, ‘ F***-it,’ and just being happy.
Fortunately for Turner, things turned around when he went to Boston the next season. There, his versatility worked well with the team game plan and he bounced back hard. Now he’s a valuable member of the Blazers squad.