Will the Washington Wizards Select Wall Despite Turner Being a Better Fit?

Gregory SharpeCorrespondent IMay 21, 2010

MILWAUKEE - MARCH 21:  Evan Turner #21 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on while taking on 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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The Washington Wizards could potentially have the most explosive scoring backcourt in the NBA in the 2010-2011 season. That is, if they decide to draft Kentucky point guard John Wall.

With Gilbert Arenas un-tradable at the moment, the Wizards could be a potential problem for the rest of the sub-par Eastern Conference.

Bringing in a talented big man to play alongside Wall and Arenas will be the next step in returning to the playoffs for head coach Flip Saunders.

Carlos Boozer and Chris Bosh come to mind first, but other solid big men such as Tyson Chandler, Eddie Curry, and Marcus Camby, will also be available to the highest bidder.

But before addressing free agency, Saunders and Wizards president, Ernie Grunfeld, will need to first determine if the Wall is in fact the answer to the Wizards' problems.

Though Wall is without a doubt the most athletic and explosive player in the 2010 draft class, it doesn't mean he will make the best pro ball player.

Most of Wall's electrifying ability is applied in transition, making him somewhat one-dimensional.

Evan Turner, on the other hand, is the total package.

Turner lead the nation in triple-doubles and led the Big 10 in points, rebounds, ranked second in assists, and was named conference and national player of the year over Wall.

Turner is likely a better Robin to Gilbert Arenas' role of Batman.

He has a better jump shot and is a more complete player in nearly every facet of the game.

He led the team in scoring, despite being the focal point of all opponents’ efforts to stop him.

He led the Big 10 in rebounding at 6'7", played point guard, and placed second in assists with a team that likely doesn't have another first-round pick on the roster.

Plus he has a superior mid-range game and can not only find the open man, but free up teammates with strength and ability to get in the paint.

Turner can play three positions on the floor, and has the mold of a Scottie Pippen=type talent. He might not ever be crowned as the most athletic or the best player in the game, but the he's a definite future All-Star.

In addition, in a league full of quick, fast, and athletic guards, skills play even more of a role. Wall is still a relatively raw talent whose potential in unknown.

He could be the next Dwyane Wade, or he could be the next Dejaun Wagner.

One season in college basketball hasn't shown us much more than we knew after the Jordan Brand All-American Game last year.

If anything, we learned that long athletic defenders like Devin Ebanks, can contain Wall and keep him out of the paint, effectively neutralizing most of his explosiveness and passing ability.

Though Wall "might" have the most upside, the key word is "might."

His jump shot is not a jump shot, it’s a set shot that might get over the outstretched arms of bigger guards.

His decision-making when he's not surrounded by teammates with superior talent compared to opponents is unknown.

Washington doesn't have the NBA equivalent to DeMarcus Cousins or Patrick Patterson to dump the ball to.

Wall would fit much better in New Jersey with Brook Lopez, a young established big man with All-Star talent. Those two could give the Eastern Conference fits for years.

Turner could slide in and give Washington a seamless transition at the small forward position after sending Caron Butler to Dallas at the trade deadline.

He could play the point-forward position, much like Scottie Pippen and LeBron James were so successful at doing over the last 15 years.

Player A

2010 Stats

PTS  16.6

RBS  4.3

AST  6.5

TO  4.0

AST/TO  1.62

STL  1.8

BLK  .5 

FG percent  .461

FT percent  .754

3P percent  .325

Player B

2010 Stats

PTS  20.4

RBS  9.2

AST  6.0

TO  4.4

AST/TO  1.36

STL  1.7

BLK  .9

FG percent  .519

FT percent  .758

3P percent  .364


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