2010 NBA Draft: Evan Turner vs. John Wall, the Better No. 1 Pick

DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IJune 10, 2010

MILWAUKEE - MARCH 21:  Evan Turner #21 of the Ohio State Buckeyes moves the ball against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 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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I'm sure everyone knows, but I’m going to tell you again: the Washington Wizards are selecting number one overall in the 2010 NBA draft. With that, the Wizards have options. 


Each prediction includes two players that could go No. 1 overall. John Wall has been the projected No. 1 overall pick since the college basketball season began. Even after seeing the draft lottery shake-up, he is still projected to be taken first.

Evan Turner on the other hand, had to rise from the bottom up. He faced a crucial injury, but was able to overcome that and become a top prospect in the draft. Some even go as far as saying that Turner is the best prospect in the draft.

Both of these players could easily be selected No. 1 overall, but now I believe that John Wall is the heavy favorite to be selected by the Wizards.


However, that doesn't make it the best choice for the Wizards. Let me give you a breakdown of both players and see who really is the better choice for the Wizards.



John Wall

The 6'4'' point guard John Wall departed high school and took the college game by storm. Wall was undoubtedly the best point guard in the nation, perhaps the best player, and certainly was great to have if you were a Kentucky fan.


Wall was mature the day he stepped foot on campus. He had the guts to take the game-winning shot in his first game of play, and I’m sure we all know how that went.

From then on, people considered John Wall to be better than advertised. Many scouts expected him to be good, but not this good.

He is blazingly fast, showing Derrick Rose-like speed in the open court, while still being able to handle the ball proficiently. He has great athleticism that he uses once he gets into the paint and finishes well around the rim. I once saw Wall put the ball behind his back while fighting off a defender and was still able to dunk the basketball. 

John Wall will be a great addition to any NBA team. He is a great play-maker and displays some great skills for a player so raw. Did I mention that he has shown limited potential? And that most of his potential still lies within him and hasn't even been reached yet?


Why John Wall is a good pick for the Wizards

Regardless of the talent on your roster at the point guard position, you do not pass up a player like John Wall. He is a proven scorer, displaying flashes of a baby Derrick Rose in many games at Kentucky. Not to mention, he is defensively polished at the point guard position. His large and long frame will allow him to knock the smaller guards out of their sets and create turnovers.

Why John Wall is a bad pick for the Wizards

Sometimes when you're drafting No. 1 overall, to take such a young player you have to be very cautious. Wall is a great prospect, but one thing that hurt the Wizards last season was turnovers. John Wall in college averaged four turnovers a game. Not to mention the recurring five plus turnover outings, and it even got up to the uglier seven turnover game on four occasions.

Drafting a turnover prone player to a team that needs to cut down on turnovers could be bad news.

Evan Turner

Evan Turner, the National Player of the Year in college basketball, impressed most with what he had achieved this season.

Turner was everything to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Once he broke his back and was said to possibly sit out for 6-8 weeks, his team went down the drain. However, with Turner being such a strong player, he was able to come back in four and help the Buckeyes' return to form.

Turner is a 6'7'' point, shot, and forward. No literally, he can play three positions and play them all well. He showed he can run an offense by taking over the point guard position for the Buckeyes and leading them to the NCAA tournament after suffering such a critical injury.

He also showed that he could play the two guard position with his pick and pop and mid-range game. At the three position, he has the size of a forward. And when you put all of what I just said together, it makes a good cause for him to play at the three.


Why Evan Turner is a good pick for the Wizards

Selecting Evan Turner now could help the Wizards a lot. Not only would they be provided with a wing threat, but look at the possible three-prone attack in Andray Blatche , Gilbert Arenas and Evan Turner. Turner can help them in the mid-range game and take pressure off Arenas to be the main factor on offense.

On defense, you can rely on Turner to crash the boards and make defensive plays to get his team the ball back. Evan Turner can be Mr. Everything from the wing position. He is a great ball-handler, shooter in the mid-range game, smart player and most notably, consistent.


Why Evan Turner is a bad pick for the Wizards

Remember when the Pistons passed on Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade etc... in the 2003 NBA draft? That is still haunting them to this day. I'm not saying that Evan Turner will be another Darko, but there is a chance that Evan Turner may not live up to expectations in the NBA.

The one aspect of his game that scares me the most is his lack of aggression. Yes, he takes it to the rim, yes, he plays with heart, and yes, he can be aggressive when he wants, but has anyone noticed that Evan Turner shies away from contact once the game gets too physical? Refer back to the Tennessee game in this year’s tournament, or Siena game film during the previous one. 

In the NBA it's all about being physical. If he wasn't doing that in the college game, the pros may eat him alive.



Like I said before, each one of them could be selected No. 1 overall but it's all based on the Wizards. In my opinion, the better pick for the Wizards is Evan Turner. He can do it all from the wing position and that will still allow Gilbert Arenas to run the point in Washington which is great news.

Playing beside a superstar like Gilbert Arenas and a growing star in Andray Blatche, should be the ideal situation for Turner. That takes the pressure off Turner and gives him fresher legs on the court, not having to run the court crazy and do it all like he did at Ohio State.

Evan Turner is the better choice for the Wizards, but John Wall will be the No. 1 overall pick. No one in their right mind can pass on a guy that is being compared to Derrick Rose. Have you seen the way John Wall handles the game? Once his shot and overall game improves, we're talking about one of the best point guards in the league.



(This article was originally posted on Collegiate Hoops )



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