2010 NBA Draft: Why Taking Evan Turner Should Be Easy Decision for 76ers

Joe MintzerCorrespondent IJune 13, 2010

MILWAUKEE - MARCH 21:  Evan Turner #21 of the Ohio State Buckeyes moves the ball while taking on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the first half 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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On May 18, the Philadelphia 76ers were blessed with the second selection in the NBA draft. Now there is speculation as to who the Sixers will select with this pick.

My question is why? Could the Sixers even consider not taking Ohio State superstar Evan Turner? There is speculation that they may take Georgia Tech big-man Derrick Favors or trade down in the draft.

Now I'm not sure about you, but that makes me sick. College basketball's best player has fallen right into the Sixers lap, and they may pass on him. Evan Turner is destined to be one of the next NBA superstars. There is no way they can let him go and then become "the team that passed on Evan Turner."

The positives of taking Turner are great. The 76ers have been waiting for too long for Lou Williams to develop into a top guard. It is time to move on to a new guard. And who is better for the job than the 2009-10 National Player of the Year?

Drafting Turner could also help Andre Iguodala. Since the 2007-08 season, Iguodala's points per game have steadily gone down. With the prescense of Turner, Iguodala could move back to his natural position of small forward. Andre just doesn't have the jump shot necessary to be a two-guard. Moving to small forward would do wonders for him.

Don't forget Jrue Holiday. In a few years Turner and Holiday could together be one of the top guard combinations in the NBA. Holiday has tremendous potential as is. Give him another young star to work with and we Sixers fans could see some good basketball in the coming years. The thought of this is just great.

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This draft selection should be an absolute no-brainer. Passing on Turner could become one of the worst decisions in the Sixers history. They simply cannot pass on this player. As a Sixers fan, I'm just sick of watching this current team. Make it happen Sixers.