Evan Turner is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. He can play at multiple positions which are small forward, point guard, shooting guard. Evan was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended St. Joseph (Westchester, Illinois) High school.
Evan joined the Ohio State University in 2007. He led the Big Ten Conference in scoring during his sophomore year. Turner was part of the American team which won bronze at 2009 World University Games. During the college season in 2009, he suffered transverse process fractures on the second and third lumbar vertebrae in his back during December. At the end of his junior year, he became the first men's basketball player to finish in the top two in three categories (Points, Assists & rebounds.) and top five in all. In 2010 he won the Naismith Trophy, the John R. Wooden Award, Robertson Trophy, NABC and Associated Press of the year awards. He also won the Big Ten Conference Male Athlete of the Year for all sports. Evan is record-holder for most career (10) and single-season (7) record for Conference Player of the Week awards in the Big Ten Conference.
Evan was drafted with the 2nd pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2010 NBA draft. He made his NBA debut against the Miami Heat. He was selected to play in the 2012 Rising Stars competition. Evan started all 82 games during the 2012–13 NBA season. On February 20, 2014, Turner and Lavoy Allen were traded to the Indiana Pacers in for Danny Granger and a second-round draft pick. During team practice on the eve second game of round one against the Atlanta Hawks in 2014 NBA playoffs, he got into a fist fight with Lance Stephenson.
On September 29, 2014, he signed with the Boston Celtics in free agency. On February 25, 2015, Turner posted his first career triple-double against the New York Knicks. Turner signed a four-year, $70 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers On July 6, 2016. He missed 5 weeks of the regular season during February-March in 2017 due fracture of the third metacarpal in his right hand.