Skip to content

NBA Draft: The Sixers are considering Derrick Favors over Evan Turner

May 26, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

DFavors.jpgWelcome to the time of year when there are very few locks. When potential can win out over skill sets. When the words upside and motor are overused and overvalued.

It has been long assumed that the top pick in the draft would be John Wall, and the second pick would be Evan Turner. After three seasons at Ohio State Turner had a pretty polished, Brandon Roy style game that would fit just about anywhere.

But ESPN’s draft guy Chad Ford is hearing that the Sixers have fallen in love with the potential of Georgia Tech’s Derrick Favors and may take him second.

But now it looks like the Sixers are leaning toward Favors, according to what I was told on Monday by a credible source familiar with coach Doug Collins’ thinking. Turner isn’t a great fit next to Andre Iguodala. And while (Kentucky’s DeMarcus) Cousins is a perfect fit in the middle, the team has some concerns about his on-court attitude. That leaves Favors, who has as much upside as any player in the draft.

Favors is big — 6’10”, 245 pounds — those are physical attributes pretty close to Dwight Howard when he was measured at the NBA Draft Combine. Favors is seen more as a four, but he can play either inside position. The downside is he is also raw. He can’t create his own shot very well, his footwork needs a lot of work on the block. He is a bit of a project.

However, new coach Doug Collins has said he wants to run — and Favors can run like a gazelle. And he can finish. He is one of the best athletes in the draft. There is a fit there, and this is a team that is building so it can afford to wait a few years for him to fully mature. (Although Collins is not known as the most patient of coaches, so we’ll see how that goes.)

The smart money is still on Turner. Or maybe DeMarcus Cousins, who could be the best player in the draft but also may pose the biggest risk as not everyone is sold on his character. But you can make a good case for Favors, and it’s not crazy to see Philly making that move.

  1. doc&moses - May 26, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    I hope they take Turner, but this is the organization that traded Moses Malone for Jeff Ruland & Cliff Robinson, moved the #1 pick (Brad Daugherty) for Roy Hinson, & let go of Charles Barkley for Jeff Hornacek, Tim Perry, & Andrew Lang. They don’t always make the smart move. Take Turner 76ers. Please don’t over think it. Take the best player.

  2. Sid - May 26, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    So you’re judging them based on a move they made in the mid 80’s and early 90’s? Wow.

  3. doc&moses - May 26, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    I’m not judging them as much as stating that they have made some bad choices in important decisions over the years. A more recent one would be passing on Paul Pierce to take Larry Hughes. Don’t get me wrong Sid. I love the Sixers. I have since I was a kid back in the 70’s. Just seems like since they won the title back in 82-83, they haven’t had the best history of decision making.

  4. rrhoe - May 26, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    The Sixers aren’t good enough to draft a project.

  5. Philly Mike - May 26, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    No way the sixers don’t take Turner. Listen to Collins press conference and him talk about the need for a real SG. Then go to the sixers website and you’ll see a huge feature article about Evan Turner. Yet no feature on any other rookies. The marketing team is already trying to sell tickets based on Turner, ESPN is just trying to create drama so people hit their site.

  6. iggy8294 - May 27, 2010 at 12:20 AM

    im pretty sure brandon roy’s 3 point shot wasnt that good when he came in to the league, and im pretty sure most teams wont pass up on brandon roy

  7. izzy - May 27, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Lets remember the last time we were fortunate enough to get the 2nd pick….SHAWN(STINKIN)Bradley…Sonny Hill said he would revolutionize the game of basketball….I’m very tired of the sixers taking the wrong guy time & time again….TAKE TURNER!!!!! He’ll be a great shooting guard for us for years to come…team him Jrue and our backcourt is set for the next 10 years…..then next year you go after a big man….Build from the draft…stop making the same mistakes you’ve made for the last 15 years!

  8. Nitty215 - May 29, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    The sixers org r so dumb….they always draft people they don’t need and pay superstar money to a 8th man….I would rather take Billy king corny ass back honestly…they better pick either Wesley Johnson or evan turner….I would take Evan turner…..when it comes to the rest of the team…trade andre iggy,Samuel d. Elton brand, and Lou Williams, bring in chris bosh and a couple of average players….I know it’s not gonna happen but Im just pissed to see my home team look like a average team instead of a contender…….pick evan turner please…don’t be stupid

  9. Nitty215 - May 29, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    The sixers org r so dumb….they always draft people they don’t need and pay superstar money to a 8th man….I would rather take Billy king corny ass back honestly…they better pick either Wesley Johnson or evan turner….I would take Evan turner…..when it comes to the rest of the team…trade andre iggy,Samuel d. Elton brand, and Lou Williams, bring in chris bosh and a couple of average players….I know it’s not gonna happen but Im just pissed to see my home team look like a average team instead of a contender…….pick evan turner please…don’t be stupid and I think Derrick favors is gonna be a 2010 kwame brown

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Featured video

Will LeBron get booed Christmas Day in Miami?
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. D. Rose (2927)
  2. P. George (2664)
  3. D. Cousins (2604)
  4. L. James (2602)
  5. S. Marion (2172)
  1. R. Allen (2168)
  2. K. Bryant (2165)
  3. A. Davis (2041)
  4. C. Anthony (1994)
  5. S. Curry (1865)