"Sometimes, they forget you're human," Evan Turner said. Critics, that is. "And you start being looked at as an object more than as a person."

It used to bother Turner, that people saw him as an object -- a draft pick, an investment, a cog in a machine. A contract.

"You almost forget how people perceive you," he said.

People perceived static strengths, weaknesses, averages, tendencies. He heard he was a disappointment, a draft dud. He heard he shot from the wrong places, passed willingly but not well. He heard he couldn't help a team win, couldn't adapt to the NBA game. It used to get him down.

"We used to say that he plays with the world on his shoulders," said Philadelphia 76ers teammate Thaddeus Young.