Evaluating the ten most significant offseason acquisitions (SI)
Source - How did offseason moves pan out?
Hedo Turkoglu, Toronto Raptors
HOW ACQUIRED: Same four-team trade that sent Marion to Dallas
CONTRACT: Five years, $53 million as part of sign-and-trade
PROGRESS: As with Jefferson in San Antonio, Turkoglu has produced as much ennui as energy in Toronto; nothing embarrassing but not much spark. Even more than Jefferson, his skill set -- he's especially adept at gauging pace and fostering ball movement, and sporadic at best on the defensive end -- mirrors the Raptors' strengths and weaknesses. The Raptors are last in the league in defensive efficiency, and they're slightly worse at that end of the court when Turkoglu is playing. His history with Sacramento and Orlando shows that Turkoglu is a more valuable contributor once he contextualizes his role. A recent minor fracture of the orbital bone beneath his right eye doesn't help. Neither does a career-worst shooting percentage of 40.3.
VERDICT: Turkoglu's playmaking skills, which were on full display during Orlando's run to the Finals last season, will probably increase his value as the Raptors square off against one of the East's elite in the first round. But his ho-hum impact to date enhances the belief that, in basketball terms at least, he erred in choosing the cosmopolitan culture of Toronto over the complementary talent on the roster in Portland, his other major suitor.