Evan Turner Might Be Better Than You Think

Timber WolfAnalyst IIMay 18, 2010

MILWAUKEE - MARCH 21:  A trainer works on the face of Evan Turner #21 of the Ohio State Buckeyes while taking on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the first half during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Bradley Center on March 21, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Evan Turner is probably destined to be a Timberwolf. If anyone is confused about who Evan Turner is, please tune into this video.

The college player of the year. 'Nuff said.

Evan Turner, another example of a point forward, with a versatility to play three positions no matter the matchup. Having great size and agility, Evan Turner possesses great ball handling skills that he used to create his own shots. He carried a team on his back, averaging roughly 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists (considering his recovery from a back injury).

Let's reiterate that.

Evan Turner at one point was dominating at every single stat and level in the NCAA. Consider, nearly triple doubles with some very impressive and legit blocks. I argue that Evan Turner is probably better than what we give him credit for. And he's already pretty damn good.

The ceiling for Evan Turner is considered Brandon Roy. However, Brandon Roy did not dominate the college level the way Evan Turner did. But their similar play styles draw very similar comparisons: huge combo guards with great ball handling, and a knack for creating their own shot and shots for others.

However, Evan Turner has a court vision that'll probably be ranked similar to his classmate John Wall. Note, we're talking court vision, not passing ability, as in Evan Turner might not pull some 360 degree spin with a no look pass, but it get's the job done no doubt.

ESPN's Chad Ford has stated that some insiders believe that the Wolves would take Evan Turner with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft if they won the lottery. I say, it's too early to say, but more than likely because of draft workouts and draft needs, it's definitely not a stupid thing, as some might say.

Just how good is Evan Turner? Well look at some of the games that he had before his injury.

24 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals
23 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals
26 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks
16 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks
25 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks
14 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks

Very impressive, on any level.

He's been known to play below the rim, is turnover prone, and is a bad three-point shooter.

His last seven games, he shot 12-22 from behind the three-point line, a small sample, but a sign of progress. He also did a 360 dunk in a game (seen in the footage), and has even caught alley oops. While being turnover prone is his only flaw, i'll take it for a triple-double effort anyday.

Consider this: Evan Turner is a relentless rebounder, a great distributor and defender, and has all the makings of a franchise player in the NBA if he works at it. He seems committed to being the best player. He has a great midrange jumper and has the ability to play at different speeds, which could tell you that he knows how to control tempo.

I've said that Evan Turner is probably destined to be in a Wolves uniform. Think about it, the Nets are wishing for John Wall, the Golden State Warriors really need size, Sacramento wants John Wall or size, and the Detroit Pistons want a point guard. No love for Evan Turner?

I'll take him.