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Evan Turner: A New Hope for Philadelphia 76ers and Fans

MILWAUKEE - MARCH 19:  Evan Turner #21 of the Ohio State Buckeyes moves the ball against Justin Joyner #11 of the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in the first half during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Bradley Center on March 19, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Joe MintzerCorrespondent IJuly 6, 2010

On June 24th, Evan Turner was selected second overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2010 NBA draft. The Sixers, for once, have made the right move.

Turner is a versatile player. He can play three different positions; point guard, shooting guard, and small forward, and can excel at all three. He won National Player of the Year at Ohio State playing point guard, but he will most likely play at two-guard for the Sixers, alongside point guard Jrue Holiday, last year's first round pick. Holiday and Turner could potentially become a backcourt to remember for 76ers fans.

Personally, I love the pick. I was terrified at the thought of the Sixers drafting Georgia Tech big-man Derrick Favors. They made the right move by drafting Turner. He is destined to become a future superstar in this league. He can bring so much to this 76ers team.

Turner will be a great complement to Jrue Holiday. Both are under young and could be the leaders of this team for the next decade. This backcourt could be great, even this year. Holiday showed some major potential last year, especially towards the end. Now throw in another young guard and you have a recipe for greatness.

Let's not forget how Turner can affect Andre Iguodala. Iguodala is a natural small forward who has been forced to play shooting guard for the Sixers. Iggy can now move back where he belongs. Andre has never been good in the lead role. He is more of a compliment than a star. Now the spotlight is off him and he may be able to thrive. We may see an increase in PPG for him now that he is able to play the three instead of the two.

The Sixers made a smart move. They didn't gamble on Favors. They took the absolute sure thing. Believe me, in years to come the Sixers and their fans will be happy that Turner was their pick. This is one move that the Sixers will definitely not regret. 


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