Second pick in the draft a lock?
Turner Peaking: There's no debate regarding who the number one pick in the 2010 NBA Draft will be as Kentucky's John Wall has run away with the spot already. Number two may no longer be up for grabs either with the way Evan Turner of Ohio State is playing.
Steady improvements have been evident in Turner's game in each of his three years at Columbus. As a freshman he produced eight points, four rebounds, and two assists a game. Now he's the premier shooting guard in the country with the title of Mr. Versatility thanks to his averages of 19.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 5.8 assists a contest. He's also becoming the favorite for Player of the Year honors despite the fact that he a month with a lower back injury.
There are no concerns regarding his injury though since Turner has been carrying the Buckeyes since returning. He's averaging 35 minutes a night and has played six games in their entirety. He's got the Buckeyes in the mix for a Big 10 title at 11-4 in conference and 21-7 overall. They're likely to be anywhere from a 1-3 seed depending on how they finish the season.
Turner is blowing scouts and GMs away this season with his maturity. He's truly grown into a leader and nearly a complete player, with his only weaknesses being his 3-point shot and excessive turnovers. Turner's never been a big fan of the long ball, only shooting 126 in his career up to this point. This season he's hitting at a career-low rate of 25% and is giving it away 3.8 times nightly.
Those are the only two flaws that you'll find on the surging 6'7 shooting guard though. He's continuing to play at a very high level while other top prospects like Ed Davis, Derrick Favors, and Donatas Motiejunas has seen their stock fall just a tad.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are currently slated to have the second pick in this year's draft and Turner is an extremely logical candidate for them to select. His ability to do it all would be a natural fit in Kurt Rambis' version of the triangle offense. Add Turner into the mix with an already loaded young core with Al Jefferson, Kevin Love, Corey Brewer, Jonny Flynn and the rebuilding process speeds up significantly.
looks like NBADraft.net realized this before hoopsworld did. I think he has been slotted 2nd for a while here right?
Ya I like Turner's game and I would agree that all else equal he is a lock for the number 2 pick. But there is still a chance that a team who REALLY needs a big man (ie GS) would look at taking a PF/C if they couldn't trade down
And ya NBAdraft.net has had Turner there for a couple of months I think....way to go nbadraft.net!
It's between Turner and Wes Johnson. Personally I think turner will get it, but that may be biased, because I like him. I have not seen Johnson play to much.
i think it is becoming obvious that turner will go second. I actually think cousins might push johnson out for that third spot.
I think Turner is a lock for the 2nd pick. I was arguing with one of my best friends who's a walk-on at IU (Steven Gambles) and he found it absurd I didn't think Turner had a chance to go #1. Having watched them both play, he thinks Turner is hands down the better player at every aspect of the game, except speed. From what he says, a lot of people on the college scene seem to think Turner has a chance. I thought that was interesting even though I can't see it happening.
Turner is a bonafide STUD!!!
His only weakness is his 3 point shooting, but his mid range game is solid and he is very very good at getting to the rim. What seperates him from alot of prospects is the fact that he is NBA ready...alot of guys are judged just by "upside"...Turner has a big time upside, but he will also be in an NBA starting lineup day one and be a key cog for a team. I wouldnt be at all suprised if his rookie season numbers were around 15 to 17 ppg 4 to 6 rpg and 4 to 6 apg. The guys is the complete package, he has very good size and strength, pretty good athleticism (not elite, but neither does Roy), very solid basketball IQ (an underrated quality in prospects) and a great deal of toughness and leadership.
On top of being a legit 20+ ppg type of player, he also is known as a very good defender.
I really think Turner is going to be a really good player in the NBA, 3 point shooting is a skill that can be developed, and quite honestly I dont think he is a player who needs a killer 3. He is going to be playing alot with the ball in his hands setting up 3 point shooters rather than shooting them.
I definitly think he should be POY...An argument can be made that John Wall has not even been the best player on his team. He is the most exciting no doubt, but Cousins has been an absolute force and if not for his attitude problem, to say he'd be a top 3 lock would not be out of the realm of possibility. Either way, Ohio State was unranked after Turner went down with an injury and now they are back in the top 15. They are 21 and 7 (3-3 without Turner). Kentucky might not be the number 2 team in the country without wall, but I wouldnt doubt they would be a top 15 team maybe.
That isnt to say John Wall isnt a spectacular player because he is...but I think Turner is more valuable to his team and has been a better college player. I think Wall will be better in the NBA...but not by alot.
Whoever wants to take my points away...tell me why please.
Turner is the 2nd best prospect in this draft behind Walls..Plus he's a safe pick...But have you guys not heard of a player at Kentucky name DeMarcus Cousins? Teams seem to lean toward big men with upside more than guards with upside..Don't get me wrong..Turner will be a star at the next level.Dude has been playing better than any player in the country..And he doesn't seem like the injury earlier in the season has affected him at all..I think right now in the eyes of scouts & gm's..1 is Walls..2 is Cousins...3 is Turner..By draft time ,after all the workouts are done..Don't be surprise if Whiteside or Monroe goes ahead of Turner...I like Cousins,but he has that Benoit Benjamin look at times..A big man with great potential, but doesnt seem motivated..Or withdraws into his own world..And let his emotions get in the way..Then sometimes he plays like a young Jermaine O'Neal..And there's something about Wesley Johnson's game thats missing..Every year a guy we've watched all year and predicted to be a top 3 or 5 pick falls in the draft...This year i think its Wesley Johnson..
I think if the utah jazz recieve the second pick, either monroe or cousins!
I will smack you!!!
you would rather have turner on the team rather than what the team really needs, the jazz need a big strong man! Memo just does not do it for me.
Deron Williams and Evan Turner could form a dynasty in Utah. So much talent.
I know Memo, Fess and Doofus aren't shining right now, but the best talent besides John Wall is clearly Evan Turner.
at this point IDK if John Wall is even better player..
he is definitely 2nd best prospect but GMs loves potential so IDK about locking #2(Nets,GSW,Pacers,Wizards,Pistons need bigs)
actually hoopsworld and a bunch of other sites had turner number 2 early in the season. the prediction is old the article is new
quincey??? IDK i remember before the season ESPN had 1.Wall 2.Favors 3.Davis Hoopsworld Wall,Favors,Warren
Draftexpress Wall Favors Warren and NBADRAFT Wall Davis Motiejunas
At this point who ever has the 2nd pick has the easiest draft pick. If the team drafting first doesn't take Wall, then you get a freebie. If Wall goes first then you get Turner who could give ROY a run in 2010-11, giving you a great pick. Your in a win win situation if you get 2nd pick but for 1st pick it's going to be tuff because it would be stupied of you to pass up on Wall regardless if you have PG or not, lets say Nets.
As for 3-5 goes, it's going to be hard to predict because it can go Johnson, Cousins, then anyone else. Not in this order but I'm pretty sure Johnson and Cousins are not going to fall pass 5.