Ever since the NBA Draft Lottery landed the Washington Wizards with the No. 1 pick, there has been less-than-compelling speculation as to who they will choose in the draft.
It is almost a foregone conclusion that John Wall is the only direction they can go. But since that isn't interesting, why not bring Evan Turner into this conversation for real?
So who will it be: Wall or Turner?
Wall is widely considered the best player in this year's class. He is a great scorer, a willing passer, and is exactly the kind of point guard the Wizards need in the increasingly point guard-driven league.
He is still young, which means he still has time to grow into his potential, and gives Washington the ideal foundation to truly build their franchise back up to the playoff contenders they once were.
Wall averaged 16 points, six assists, four rebounds, and about two steals per game. On a team full of blue chippers, that is pretty good by anyone's standards. He needs to work on his mid-range game, cut down on turnovers, and give effort every time on the defensive end.
Then again, Turner was voted Naismith College Player of the Year and won the Wooden Award over Wall—for whatever that's worth.
Turner is two years the elder of Wall, which is hardly an issue. It just changes the way teams look at him. Both players are capable of contributing right away, but perhaps with his repertoire of skills, Turner is the better prepared player right now.
He fits into the swingman role with his size and skill set, which is something the Wizards lack.
It doesn't hurt that he shot 50 percent from the field, averaging 20 points, six assists, and nine rebounds per game. Turner was a standout player on a good team, whereas Wall was just the best player on a team stacked with talent.
Turner simply lacks a defined position, and is not a high-volume shooter for a two-guard, even if he does hit a good amount of his attempts.
Wall is regarded as one of the best players in transition, and Turner is touted as the more complete player of the two.
I certainly don't envy the man who has to make the final decision.
Rather than make this a matter of the best player versus the more decorated player, why not look at it as the most dynamic player versus the most versatile player.
Which one fits best in the Wizards' future plans?
Drafting Wall pushes maligned point guard Gilbert Arenas back over to shooting guard, allowing him to focus on scoring and removes the pressure of running the offense.
Drafting Turner allows Arenas to continue growing as a real point guard as he had in the 32 games he played last season, in which he averaged 22 points, seven assists, and four rebounds.
In other words, he was statistically better than Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups, Tony Parker, and Russell Westbrook, among others. Oddly enough, each of them were in the playoffs this season.
Sure, Billups has Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin, Rose has Luol Deng and Joakim Noah, Parker has Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and Westbrook has Kevin Durant and Jeff Green. It could easily be Arenas with Andray Blatche and the rookie Turner.
Do you take the lightning quick, explosive, ball-hawking point guard or the long, efficient, do-everything swingman?
It is nearly impossible to decide based on potential alone, because both players are overflowing with it. Wall draws comparisons to Rose, and Turner draws comparisons to Brandon Roy.
It is also impossible to decide based on need, because the Wizards need both players.
In the end, can the Wizards really go wrong with this pick?
It is easy to say yes, but barring some disastrous personnel move that leads to the Wizards selected Kwame Brown 2.0 (Kentucky's Daniel Orton?), Washington will have a bright young star to watch each year.
Sure, I have only succeeded in presenting another perspective of the Wall versus Turner debate and danced around making an assertion myself, but in the end, does it really matter who I say the Wizards should pick?
That isn't a rhetorical question, but the answer is yes.
It does matter what I say, and I say the Wizards go with the collective gut of a universe of NBA analysts cramming Wall down the throats of Wizards fans and NBA fans alike.
For once, they aren't wrong.