Timber-Wolf: Do Timberwolves Need Evan Turner Badly?

Timber WolfAnalyst IIMay 6, 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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This needs to be discussed before lottery day.

On everyone's draft board, there are two franchise caliber players that are supposed to go one and two, John Wall and Evan Turner.

John Wall is a point guard, a supreme athlete with ridiculous upside, and certain intangibles unseen in an 19 year old.

Evan Turner is a true leader, shot creater in every facet of the game, with all intangibles that could one day rival some of the best in the NBA.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are very fortunate, seeing as they have more talent than their 15 wins would suggest. The problem is most of their talent is in their big men who play the same position.

Not a bad thing? I beg to differ.

The Wolves have a legitimate chance(19.9%) of nabbing the number one pick, and if they do, the question is, will they attempt to grab the second pick?

Is it greed? Maybe. Is it smart though? More than likely.

Would the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team that hasn't had an elite point guard in quite a long time be satisfied with John Wall instead of having a wing player that can create his own shot and bail them out of situations that other teams just always seem to get them in?

David Kahn, president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves have stated that getting a number one option on offense "is #1 on his list", and quite frankly it had better be.

Is John Wall a number one option? You would have to look at a point guard like Russel Westbrook and Derrick Rose and make comparisons to see if he is. A number two option? Without a question.

Is Evan Turner a number one option? Could you make the comparison of Brandon Roy or even Paul Pierce? It's likely.

The good thing about the Minnesota Timberwolves is that with the player that already possess, they have upside in their own right. Al Jefferson should be back to his 20-10 self, Kevin Love is the daily dose of double-doubles, Corey Brewer became an elite three point shooter after January 1st, Jonny Flynn still has a lot of upside, Wayne Ellington will likely be an elite three point shooter, and if the Wolves do resign Darko Milicic, he could provide a healthy balance of offense and defense.

Evan Turner and John Wall are both probably going to be neck and neck on the Wolves draft board. Why? Well if the Wolves get John Wall, they can more than likely turn Ricky Rubio's contract into gold this year or the following year, not to mention Ramon Sessions or Jonny Flynn will be turned into possibly a pick or young prospect.

If the Wolves get Evan Turner, they get a highly charismatic franchise player that can probably carry a team on his back, and become that number one option. This gives the Wolves the opportunity to allow Turner to develop a year before Ricky Rubio comes over, move Corey Brewer to the small forward position (his natural position), and it provides the Wolves with more hustle and heart, something the Wolves desperately lacked.

If Rubio, Turner and Brewer were to start for this squad, that would a balance of anything you could want in your guards and small forward.

The question is, would the Wolves trade down if they possess the first pick? I'm pretty sure it won't happen unless Ricky Rubio goes on camera and makes some kind of statement relating to him starting his NBA career in Minnesota.

If so, the Wolves could either trade for the pick, or trade down for the pick.

The biggest factor will be the price that the second pick's respective team is willing to pay. If the New Jersey Nets possess the No. 2 pick, would they trade their second overall pick, No. 27 pick, and first second round pick for the No. 1 pick and say Henk Norel's European contract?

The reason this is being brought up is because quite frankly this is a "make-it-or-break-it" season for the Wolves.

If the Wolves were to win 15 games again, it had better be the prettiest, most upside, best rotated squad possible out on the floor every game, and the reason for the losses were injuries to over five key players, deaths in the families of Kurt Rambis and the players, shootings in Minneapolis' Target Center during games, Corey Brewer tears his other ACL and Jonny Flynn's teeth flying out.

I chuckle, but as a fan and writer, it had better be a "Nobel Prize" worthy excuse.

If the Wolves were to gather both picks, that would bring people back to the Target Center, and it would give me another reason to buy NBA League Pass.

Do they need both picks?

If the lottery pans the Wolves to select second, no they don't. If the lottery pans the Wolves to select first, they need the second as well.

What I am trying to get across maybe is that Evan Turner is needed more than John Wall is for the Wolves, but the Wolves shouldn't take him with the 1st pick because quite frankly John Wall's upside is ridiculous, and not to mention the whole Ricky Rubio/Jonny Flynn/Ramon Sessions makes things complicated.

So point blank, if Wolves win the lottery, they must get Evan Turner AND John Wall. May sound stupid, but stupid is as stupid does, and Wolves would be stupid NOT to get Evan Turner under any circumstances other than winning the lottery. The workouts will determine things later on, but as today stands, that's my word.

Thanks for reading!


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