The NBA Finals ended with the Los Angeles Lakers on top for the second year in a row.
Although the hype surrounding the question of whether or not Kobe Bryant is as good as Michael Jordan will hover in the air for quite some time, a new question has arisen: who are the next up-and-comers?
This question is especially poignant for the Philadelphia 76ers, who had one of the worst records in basketball this year.
With the second pick in the 2010 draft, the 76ers are eager to find a new star, someone who will be the face of their team for quite some time.
Speculation has led analysts and fans to believe the 27-55 team will select Ohio State shooting guard Evan Turner, who is widely considered the second-best draftee after John Wall.
There is, however, another possibility in Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors. Some believe he will go to the Philadelphia, especially now that the 76ers have gotten rid of their big man, Samuel Dalembert.
So who is going to make the 76ers a better team? Who will fit in the best?
The following is an analysis of the two players.
Evan Turner did not win the 2010 National Player of the Year award for no reason.
Six-foot-seven and 214 pounds, Turner is the perfect size for, well, just about any position. And that's exactly what he plays: just about any position.
The 76ers could use Turner as a point guard, shooting guard, or small forward.
Right now, the 76ers' top scoring force is shooting guard Andre Iguodala—he averaged 17.1 points per game.
Philadelphia needs a better go-to guy, and Turner is a great option. For the Buckeyes, he averaged 20.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.
If the 76ers put Turner in a forward position, the 21-year-old could have an immediate impact on the team.
Turner has a shot at being a true star and in Philadelphia, he will have the opportunity to provide nourishment to a team starving from lack of points.
Every team needs a soldier in the paint—someone who can block shots, then turn and dunk at the other end of the court.
The position for big man just reopened in Philadelphia (sort of), as the 76ers traded under-performing center Samuel Dalembert for the Sacramento Kings' Spencer Hawes.
Hawes is a decent player, but his 10 points and 6.1 rebounds per game are just average.
The 76ers have the option of drafting perhaps the best potential big man in the draft: Derrick Favors.
As a power forward for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Favors averaged 12.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
At 6'10" and 245 pounds, Favors would fit in well with the 76ers—he would provide them the much-needed big man support.
However, Favors is only 18, so he may not start immediately for the 76ers.
Turner, on the other hand, could have immediate impact.
Evan Turner is ready. He has the experience and the skill.
The 76ers would be crazy not to select a player like Turner. After all, the players who people remember most are the ones who score the points.
Philadelphia can get these points with Turner. They should try him out at forward, and if things aren't going well there, well, it shouldn't be a problem. Turner is versatile, and good things happen whenever he has the ball.
So there's my bid: Even Turner for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Derrick Favors will most likely be a phenomenal player, but he'll have to be a phenomenal player somewhere other than Philadelphia.