As the college basketball season has ended, it it now time to focus on the NBA Playoffs and the 2010 NBA Draft. The question going into the draft will be who is worthy of going number one; John Wall or Evan Turner? Many have their own opinions of who is better. Good comparisons of these players are hard to come around. John Wall would more than likely be compared to Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, which is a kind of player to build an entire franchise around. On the other hand, a good comparison for Evan Turner would be Portland Trailblazers guard Brandon Roy. So the question stands. If you were the General Manager of a NBA franchise and you had the number one pick, which would you take?
I will just begin by listing a summary of John Wall's game. He has the size and physical tools to become an incredible player ... Not many players at his position have the combination of speed and athleticism that he possesses … At least once or twice a game he will make a brilliant play that shows the amount of potential that he has … He is able to consistently finish above the rim, both in transition and in traffic … He has an extra gear which allows him to turn the corner or to explode by defenders in the open court … Going full speed he is not only faster than anyone else on the court, but he is also very comfortable handling the ball as he is weaving through defenders … Very impressive is his ability to change direction in mid-stride while going full speed … In ISO situations, he is almost impossible to stop because of his great first step as well as the variety of moves that he can use off the dribble … He has good instincts and because he consistently gets into the lane, he is very good at finding teammates when the help defense comes over … His freakish athleticism and extremely long arms make him a serious threat in the passing lanes as well as a weak side shot blocker .
Now here is my summary on Evan Turner. Turner averaged 20.4 ppg, 6.0 apg, shot about 37% from 3 pt. range, 9.2 rpg, and 1.7 spg. He is a big combo guard with great versatility and a tremendous feel for the game. Extremely smooth with the ball in his hands and has a bag of tricks offensively. His handles are that of a point guards and he has a terrific ability of getting to the basket ... Has supreme confidence with the ball in his hands, excellent handle and a nasty crossover ... Slick mid-range game with the ability to change directions and get defenders off balance to create looks . Has a great pull up jumper and his ability to drive really sets up his ability to pull up for shots ... Utilizes the spin dribble to get by opponents effectively and into the paint ... Creative playmaker with the ability to find others for shots when his path to the basket gets cut off ... Solid vision and a good passer capable of finding the open man ... An above average athlete with good speed and long arms . A solid shooter with good form, and not to mention a 7 foot wing span.
To answer the question, If I were building an NBA Franchise and I had the number one pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, who would I choose out of John Wall or Evan Turner? I think I would have to go with Evan Turner. Not only did he win player of the year in college, but he single-handedly lead his team Ohio State to the Elite Eight. Besides Evan Turner is a better all-around player who was close to averaging a double-double as a combo guard. Evan Turner in my eyes will be a star in the NBA. I see him being an all-star within his first two years in the league. Now don't get me wrong, John Wall is a great player, and might be still great in the NBA. I just think Evan Turner is more valuable at this time in the NBA. That also depends on what team is drafting him, a team that already has a half-way decent shooting guard, and talentless at point guard, would go with John Wall. I can see John Wall going to a team like the Detroit Pistons, where he can control that team, because they don't have a legitimate point guard. On the other hand, I see Evan Turner going to a team like the Minnesota Timberwolves where he can be the person they would go to when the game is getting close, because Al Jefferson is an All-Star but he is not really a go to guy.