Minnesota Timberwolves

Keys To The Wolf Den: Evan Turner Belongs in a Wolves Uniform

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - JANUARY 12:  Evan Turner #21 of the Ohio State Buckeyes shoots the ball during the Big Ten game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Mackey Arena on January 12, 2010 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Ohio state won 70-66.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Timber WolfAnalyst IIMarch 2, 2010

No. 1 or No. 2?

Do the Wolves take him with the No. 1 pick if they get it?

No doubt.

John Wall has a tremendous amount of upside, but that Evan Turner guy is ridiculous.

At 6'7'', 205 pounds of raw length, muscle and athleticism, the Minnesota Timberwolves need to do everything in their power to ensure they have the No. 1 or No. 2 pick to draft Turner.

Evan Turner is Brandon Roy 2.0, meaning he's merely a combo guard with an incredible feel for the game, using his savvy and smarts to outclass opponents on the half court and fast break.

For the Minnesota Timberwolves, he would fill an incredible need for a wing by being able to create his own shot, play great defense, rebound, pass the ball, block shots on the weakside, and play with a high motor that's only rivaled by Corey Brewer of the Wolves.

Evan Turner has an incredible handle, being able to crossover opponents easily; it's almost unfair to other 2-guards.

Averaging a solid 20 PPG, 9 RPG, 6 APG, 2 SPG, and 1 BPG, he's the perfect example of a great all-around player at his position. These stats all come amidst his back injury, whereas before, Evan Turner was dominating the NCAA, and has been said to been playing in "50% mode" since, due to his lack of rhythm and conditioning.

Evan Turner runs the offense from a 2-guard position, everything flows through him, hence the 4.0 TPG, but I assure you that that's completely understandable if a player is double teamed on a daily basis seeing as he has no true second option.

I will go on record to say, if the Wolves were to land the No. 1 pick, I would try to trade down to the No. 2 to draft Turner, but if the price isn't right, I would merely draft him with the No. 1 pick. He's that good.

Don't believe me? If you got four minutes.

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