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Has Evan Turner pushed to the top overall pick prospect?

Mar 12, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

What does March Madness mean for an NBA fan? Showcasing draft picks. That’s what.

And with conference play in full swing, we’re in the grips of a tidal wave of surge for Ohio State standout Evan Turner as a number one overall prospect, even over uber-prospect John Wall, who has been projected as the top pick, since, well, I think since he was born.

Turner has been phenomenal this year, and is a near-lock for Player of the Year (named it for Sporting News). He added to the highlight reel today with this unfathomable game-winning shot against Michigan in the Big 10 tournament.

Turner is older than Wall, and Wall’s combination of vision, athleticism, speed, and length combined with the high value of point guards in the NBA will probably be enough to keep him in the top spot. But say the Nets come to the conclusion that LeBron isn’t coming, and don’t want to trade Devin Harris. Adding Turner to Harris-Lopez would make for a stellar young triad, along with some depth.

Or how about the Timberwolves, who need to draft another point guard like they need a a pretty boy Euro-guard who doesn’t like snow. Wait, no, the old phrase goes “a kick in the head.” Whatever. The Wolves would leap at the chance to take Turner, team him with Rubio in 2016 when Rubio’s last appeal fails, and have a contending team in 2015.

It might make for an interesting debate, the likes of which we haven’t seen since Durant-Oden.

  1. vettelover13 - Mar 13, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Evan Turner is nothing but a showboat and hotdog!! He walks around like he is God’s gift to BB and he’s NOT!! It’s all about his image in the sporting news world and attracting media attention. As a player Robbie Hummel is hell of a better ball player than Evan ever will be and he doesn’t gloat about it. Personally, I hope some one knocks him on his can before the season is over and he heads to the NBA.

  2. Dillbilly - Mar 13, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    Haven’t seen any college standout basketball player with more humility than Turner. The fact that he gets so many assists proves his team-player approach and style. Everyone loves to see the top guy knocked off his perch…I can see that in you too. Easy to put Turner down…but don’t try to use the sympathy toward a cripple (Hummel) to accomplish it. There aren’t a handful of NCAA player who could go 1-on-1 with Turner and prevail. Hummel is a great player…but he couldn’t mop Turner’s sweat going up against him.
    Thanks for the entertainment.

  3. mark - Mar 13, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Vettelover If you think Hummel is better the Turner i have a bridge i’ll sell you. Just wait a couple years from now and remember that statement, than your realized how stupid it was.

  4. Dillbilly - Mar 13, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    March 13, 7PM…

  5. EJ - Mar 14, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Are you f*cking serious? Sounds like a hater!!!

  6. EJ - Mar 14, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Are you f*cking serious? Sounds like a hater!!!

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