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NBA Draft: Derrick Favors could go No. 2, leaving Evan Turner to fall

Jun 1, 2010, 7:23 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for DFavors.jpgIt makes a lot of sense for the Philadelphia 76ers to take Evan Turner at the two — the Brandon Roy style guy could play along side Jrue Holiday at the point and Andre Iguodala at the three, then the Sixers could run like the wind — be entertaining and win games. Crazy concept.

But don’t bet on it. Looks like the Sixers are eyeing big men.

The Nets have set up the ultimate big man showdown workout for this draft — Derrick Favors and DeMarcus Cousins. That according to the very reliable David Aldridge at, who also said that new coach Doug Collins will have a lot of say in the pick to be made. And he had this quote from a source.

“Chris (Doug’s son and the associate head coach at Duke) is a big Derrick Favors fan. And Doug is going to hire Michael Curry as an assistant, and Michael is a big Favors fan.”

This move would be very Collins. While he talked at his press conference about freeing up the Sixers to run more, which would not be the style we remember from him. He’s a slow it down, keep it in control, don’t make mistakes kind of coach. He could be thinking instead of going big, moving Iguodala to the shooting guard spot.

Also remember that Samuel Dalembert’s contract is in its last year. If the Sixers can get a big man they really like — say Favors, who at the combine had physical measurements similar to Dwight Howard at that age — then Dalembert becomes a trade chip.

The Nets at No. 3 need to take the best player available — Turner, Favors, Cousins. Whichever they like best. The Nets may have some nice young players but lets be clear that they could use more talent anywhere on the floor they can get it.

  1. Demetrius - Jun 1, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    If the Sixers pass on Evan Turner it should be for Demarcus Cousins. Derrick Favors might have the most potential but Demarcus Cousins is a proven talent and drafting potential only leads to a coaches demise.

  2. Demetrius - Jun 1, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    If the Sixers pass on Evan Turner it should be for Demarcus Cousins. Derrick Favors might have the most potential but Demarcus Cousins is a proven talent and drafting potential only leads to a coaches demise.

  3. Jim - Jun 1, 2010 at 8:22 PM

    Only the 76ers could actually blow the gift they got with the ping pong balls!
    Evan Turner is so clearly the pick but we should all remember Ed Stefanski is our GM. He will try to be smarter than everyone else and pick a guy who averaged 12 point a game in college instead of an Evan Turner, who was THE best player in college, and the player of the year.
    I guess having potentially the best backcourt in basketball for the next ten years of Holliday and Turner is too much for Ed to grasp!
    Oh the life of a Sixers fan!

  4. Craig W. - Jun 1, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    If Turner falls to the Nets I suspect the organization would really calibrate. Harris and Turner would make a great backcourt and with Lopez at center they would really have a shot at a big free agent. Even without another big addition this summer this is a quickly improving team. Perhaps it’s best they didn’t get #1 as they would just have replaced Harris with Wall.

  5. Kirk - Jun 2, 2010 at 2:41 AM

    Philly desperately needs a center and what’s your suggestion … draft a guard ! Kurt I see why you’re not a GM.
    I like Turner but yes it is a crazy concept. Who would they beat without a center ? Maybe you’d have them play college teams ! It makes sense only to you Kurt.

  6. Bud - Jun 2, 2010 at 10:39 AM

    Amen brother, can anyone say Shawn Bradley!!!! If they do not take Turner as the beginning of the rebuilding process, they shoud fire both Eds, Snyder and Stefanski, this team stinks right now and other than trying to wait out these horrible contracts for Dalembert, Brand and the rest for the next couple of years to completely flush this pile of crap away, you both are the reason why. Stefanski must have compromising pictures of someone to keep his job anyway. This team is a disgrace and you have completely over rated your “young talent” as well. At this pace you will continue to be in the lottery every year, as you earlier said, tough to be a Sixers fan.

  7. Jimsjam33 - Jun 2, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Don’t even think about it Philadephia . Take the proven commodity and leave the grab bag unknown alone . Examples : Greg Oden or Kevin Durant ?
    Don’t make the Michael Olowokandi mistake of a lifetime . Oh yeah one more . Bowie or Jordan
    Evan turner is a sure thing and will make your team better for 5 years . Why chance it ?

  8. Greg - Jun 2, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    The problem with the keeping Iguodala at shooting guard idea, is that Collins has already stated 100 times in every newspaper article since he’s been hired that Iguodala was playing out of position at the 2 spot, and that he is a natural 3.

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