A week from Wednesday, the Sixers will close out the 2012-13 season. They will do so with a losing record. What happens from the first moment of the offseason will be interesting, intriguing and critical to the team’s success in the near future.

Will Doug Collins return for the fourth and final year on his contract? Does the franchise already know if it wants to go after Andrew Bynum in free agency? Or will it swallow the massive loss he was and pursue lesser-name players who are available on the market? (See story.)

And will they trade or keep Evan Turner? The second overall pick in the 2010 draft can have 24-point, 11-rebound performances, as he did Friday in Atlanta, just as readily as he can have six-point, six-rebound and zero-assist nights, like he did two weeks ago against Utah.

Turner will be the first to admit his time as a pro has come with its ups and downs.

“It has been a bumpy ride, but it has gotten smoother as I go along and get more acclimated,” he said.

When asked if he has learned what it takes to make a good professional basketball player, Turner was quick to answer.

“In general, coming early and staying late. Being a guy your teammates can depend on and just coming out to play every night,” he said. “And doing what is best for the team.”

Turner is cautious with his words. He wants to tread gently around a subject that he knows everyone talks about but feels he can control only so much. That's the stigma that comes with being the No. 2 overall pick but without the statistics to prove he was worthy.

“I feel like what I am asked to do and what I am allowed to do lead to me getting the bulk of the blame in certain situations,” Turner suggested. “It goes along with the status of being the No. 2 overall pick – the No. 2 pick is supposed to be the franchise tag, but here it is a different situation because I am a role player.”