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.