2010 NBA Draft Showdown: Evan Turner vs. Wesley Johnson

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2010 NBA Draft Showdown: Evan Turner vs. Wesley Johnson

Since the influx of high schoolers declaring themselves eligible for the draft, and the "one year removed from high school" rule later instituted by the NBA, most of the lottery picks have become a gamble.

You take a chance on a kid that has the right combination of skills and potential. Even if your potential draftee has all the talent you could possibly imagine (i.e. Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard), it's a risk because you can't simulate things like transition to the NBA level, in-game experience, and how much they will mature.

Rarely is there a scenario where two top-five players (in terms of talent and skill-set) are three-year college players that may have already shown scouts and GMs their best games. Sure, they might have room to grow when adjusting to the speed and athleticism of the NBA game, but for the most part, they would ready to step in and make immediate impacts for their respective teams.

But that's the case this year, where hybrid guard/forward Evan Turner and uber-athletic Wes Johnson will more than likely hear their names called early on Thursday night.

While it's widely assumed that Turner will be the No. 2 pick behind freshman phenom John Wall, the Sixers have been exploring options. And new coach Doug Collins came away impressed with a workout from Johnson, even going as far as giving him a slight comparison to Scottie Pippen.

So who has the edge? Is the versatility of Turner enough to separate himself, or can Johnson's athleticism and three-point shooting elevate himself into one of the best talents of this year's crop?

Let's break this down, USA Today style...

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