Evan Turner draft profile

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Evan Turner (Ohio State)
6'7, 215 lbs, PG/SG/SF

The best player in college last season, Turner should not disappoint in the pros.  He provides versatility as he can play point guard, shooting guard, or small forward, but will play small forward best in the pros.  A two-way player with a high skill level, he exhibits skills in almost all facets of the game.  On top of that, he showed the "it" factor in college by nailing clutch shots. Offensively, Turner score in every way imaginable; post up, pick-and-rolls, or by slashing to the basket.  With his ability to post up small players and create off the dribble against larger ones, Turner becomes a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.

Turner creates at the highest levels.  When handling the ball, he uses screens effectively to go to the rack, pull up for jumpers, or find the open man with a pass.  He uses his great first step and spin moves to get past defenders and finishes at the basket with the best of them.  Turner changes the speed at which he plays to keep defenders off balance and should get to the foul line early and oft at the next level.   Expect Turner to play as the primary ball handler for his team regardless of which position he plays in the pros.

Turner only has a few things to work on at the next level.   He turns the ball over frequently, though not alarmingly high given his total ball usage.   His other weakness is three point shooting particularly with consistency.   However, he improved his shot tremendously over three years.   It may take some time to develop a consistent NBA three pointer though.

Defensively, Turner should thrive at the next level as well.  Turner possesses all of the physical tools a team can hope for in a defender; long arms, great lateral quickness, solid build, good timing, and good speed.  Ideally, he'd defend the two or three, but he can guard multiple spots if switched on pick-and-roll.  He is an outstanding rebounder for his position and uses that ability to ignite the fast break.

How does his game translate to the NBA?

His game translates to the NBA very well.  Similar to Brandon Roy, but he is actually taller and has a little better flow in terms of handling the ball and court vision.  He will need to learn to play off the ball more and extend his range, but neither should pose a long term challenge.  He should be the number 2 pick in the draft and should be an all-star at the next level. 

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  • I heard the sixers were thinking about passing on him at two for some reason. I doubt it but whateves.

  • I wish he would have entered the draft last year.

    Maybe then he could have been on the Bulls, instead of Dickey Johnson.

  • He would not have fallen to us anyway. James Johnson will improve next season he still has the potential to be a great player. He's an athlete.

  • In reply to mdot1986:

    E.T. was projected around #16 last year as I recall.

    Oh well.

    Dickey Johnson is living in BUST-ville. Time for him to be traded.

  • I watched Turner a lot, and I agree I was very dissapointed when he didn't come out last year. I do have some questions about his turnovers/ballhandling at times. That's not to say he is not talented, but certain things he likes to do he may not get away with in the NBA.

    I will say this though. He does come across to me as quite a notorious whiner and complainer including finger pointing. I think he's going to have a big adjustment coming to the NBA, and playing with professional, grown men. Hopefully he will not be instantly outstanding, and will have to eat some humble pie first. Otherwise he may be like this his whole career(yikes).

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    An even better reason for us to trade up for him, Noah and Rose wouldn't let him get away with that shit!

  • In reply to msalivar:

    Rose doesn't like E.T. going back to his days in High School.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Link?

    They're in the NBA now, I highly doubt either of them care about high school rivalries. More likely, the fact that they're both from Chicago playing for their home town team would make them pals.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    No way can Bulls trade up to #2! LOL

  • In reply to mdot1986:

    Doug wrote up a post on it a month or so ago, apparently the Sixers are looking for someone to take Brand off their hands. If we do that, and can unload Hinrich, I'm pretty sure we would still be able to pick up Lee. Brand should be able to offer something off the bench for the next two years, though grossly overpaid, and at that point he becomes valuable as an expiring.

  • In reply to mdot1986:

    It's the "grossly overpaid" part that is scary. If we don't wanna pay Deng 12mil to come off the bench why would we pay it to an older Brand?? I hope your scenario is assuming that we get Lebron b/c otherwise I'm not even close to buying.

  • In reply to mdot1986:

    My scenario is assuming that our front office knows Lebron isn't interested, and Bosh is likely going to Miami. It's not something I would do in a million years if I believe we still have a shot at Lebron at the time.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    Bosh isn't going to Miami. They don't have the pieces to trade for him.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    You still don't seem to grasp the concept of a S&T to a team who can afford to sign the player outright.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    PG - Derrick Rose
    SG - Paul George
    SF - Luol Deng
    PF - Taj Gibson
    C - Joakim Noah

    Hopefully, that is the Bulls young core come next week Friday.

  • In reply to mdot1986:

    Naw even so we could just sign Lee anyway and re-sign Warrick for big man backup at a much cheaper price. Brand isn't close to as skilled as he once was.

  • In reply to mdot1986:

    If we're looking at Amare, Boozer, Lee, and Johnson; I'd rather take Brand in exchange for Turner and a shot at Lee.

  • In reply to mdot1986:

    I love Evan Turner...i think he will be a stud in the NBA. All Star type player but not the MVP of the league or anything. 6'7 with the ability to play 3 positions. If the Sixers land him...i would really like their squad.

    Brands contract is terrible and i dont think we have the pieces to get the #2.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Taking Brand off their hands, I really don't think they can expect a whole lot more in return. Maybe Taj and #17 or a future pick. Like you say, Brand is a really bad contract, and the Sixers just aren't very high on Turner. I think if they take him, it's more Stefanski covering his ass in case his first choice busts.

    Besides, we'd get to have an all Chicago back court, assuming Turner can play SG full time.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    I agree and saw him a lot being a Big Ten Fan. He does need to work on the tude, but he reminded me of an NBA player already laughing.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    MrHappy +2 ...hopefully in 2-3 weeks it looks like this...

    Rose
    LeBron, Paul George or X Henry
    Deng
    Taj
    Noah

    Crossing my fingers for it lol Then we can look at trades

    But anyways, if we did decide to take the Sixer deal...we could look like this...

    Rose
    Turner
    Rudy Gay (Lower Top FA MAYBE if we still have money)
    Brand
    Noah

    Plus i think you lose out on the max money we have. So your basically taking Brand an Turner instead of a chance at LeBron, Amare, Bosh. Maybe grabbing a lower level guy like Rudy Gay might not be out of question.

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