Lottery should land Sixers Evan Turnerby Eric Schwartz
Who can the Sixers draft next month?
Anyone not named John Wall.
The Sixers defied the odds, earning the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. They entered the draft with just a 5.3 percent chance of earning the top pick. That pick went to the Washington Wizards, who will now be able to draft a point guard that doesn’t bring guns to the work-place — even if he does like them. The poor New Jersey Nets will draft third, and are unlikely to find a superstar.
For Sixers fans – are there any of you still out there? – getting the No. 2 pick is huge news. In all likelihood Philadelphia will select Ohio State’s Evan Turner with their pick. When I look at Turner I can’t help but think the Sixers will be getting a star. Anyone who was watching him in both the Big 10 and NCAA Tournaments could tell that a star was being born. He averaged 204 p.p.g in his junior season and can play the point or off-guard. Paired with Jrue Holiday, the Sixers could finally generate some excitement from its fan base. He wouldn’t make them a contender overnight, but would give them the pure scorer they have been lacking.
The team that drafts John Wall won’t live to regret it, but the team that ends up with Evan Turner could be just as thrilled. Turner’s versatility will make him a star in the NBA for a long time, and he has enough natural talent to become a terrific player. The comparisons to Brandon Roy are understandable; Turner’s athleticism isn’t off-the-charts, but he can act as the creator in an offense, score with the best of him, and works hard defensively. Turner’s actually likely to be a better NBA defender than Roy, but with a similar ability to establish his team’s offensive flow.
While Turner won’t officially be a member of the Sixers for another month, you can mark him down as a member of the roster. Even Ed Stefanski can’t mess this one up. I hope.
In a time when the Flyers are six wins away from the Stanley Cup, the Phillies are favored to return to the World Series and the Eagles have a ton of young playmakers, the Sixers may finally put a dent in the Philadelphia sports scene.
And all because a few ping pong balls bounced their way.