Saturday , Apr , 17 , 2010 J.N.

Why can’t Evan Turner be number one in the 2010 NBA Draft?

Evan Turner is going to the 2010 NBA Draft once he signed with super agent David Falk. The Kentucky Wildcats starting four, featuring John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, has declared as well. With all the hype surrounding John Wall, it might be difficult to see Evan Turner as the number one guy. He’s not flashy like Wall. He’s not as big as Cousins. He’s not explosive like Vince Carter. Turner does not look like he can score at will like Kobe. He doesn’t scream after dunks like Joakim Noah. Since he’s not any of that then what is he?

Evan Turner is a quiet villain.

Personally, there is no clear cut number one stud in the 2010 Draft. As I’ve noted in my previous article positioning John Wall against Derrick Rose, Wall is not overly physically dominant for his position. He didn’t raise his game to the next level during the tourney as evidenced with him abused by a backup point guard.  You guys better not act like that didn’t happen. You’re still hyping John Wall? So we’re just going to write it off like that did not happen? I did not forget. Even though the tourney is only a one-and-done game and not a dragged-out series, those performances still count for something.

Many people believe that Wall is the consensus number one pick. No one else is in the argument. DeMarcus Cousins is a “maybe, but a long shot.” Evan Turner is “Eh, I don’t know. His back injury and he’s not that fast.”

I’m making a case for Turner being number one.  Why not? All the skills and mentality are there. He’s a defensive gem. His game is tailored made to rely on cleverness instead of mindless athleticism. Evan is not a slouch athletically anyway. He’s fine. He can dunk. He can score. He can initiate contact and finish the play. He does everything all over the court. It’s just not as pretty.

We’re not going to penalize him for staying three years at Ohio State either. Grant Hill stayed 4 years at Duke. Tim Duncan stayed 4 years at Wake Forest. Larry Bird stayed for 3 years. The years these players stay in college have no bearing on their potential at all. In 2010, kids today should be commended for that. I personally would have left early so kudos. Turner’s back injury shouldn’t be a problem either. He bounced back just fine didn’t he?

Numbers for stat whores:
(2007-2008) 8.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.3 steals, 47% FG, 69% FT
(2008-2009) 17.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.8 steals, 50% FG, 78% FT
(2009-2010) 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 6 assists, 1.7 steals, 51% FG, 75% FT

The most disturbing statistic is his turnover rate. Turner was averaging 4.4 turnovers per game in his last season at Ohio State. That’s awful. He has to tighten up the handles immediately. The Villain covers every other bloody thing on the court. This proves that he’s the most complete and most polished prospect in the draft. That’s filthy and worthy of being the number one pick over Wall. He’s only 21 years young, too. I’m pretty sure there is plenty of potential left.

Tell me why Evan Turner shouldn’t be the number one pick. I’d like to know.  

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