Evan Turner: NBA Draft Profile and Scouting Report
Evan Turner, Ohio State -- 2010 NBA Draft Profile
Position: Guard / Small Forward | Height: 6-foot-7 | Weight 210 lbs
Class: Junior | Age: 21 | Hometown: Chicago
2009 Stats: 20.4 points | 9.2 rebounds | 6.0 assists | 1.7 steals | Game Log
NBA Mock Draft Ranking: 3
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Evan Turner Scouting Report
Strengths: At 6-7 with a capable handle, apt passing ability and an improving stroke, Turner will be able to play both guard spots and even some small forward at the next level. Comparisons to Brandon Roy may be a little premature, but undoubtedly the similarities are there. His playmaking ability out of the pick-and-roll is fantastic, as is his willingness to include his teammates and make everyone around him better. He is always under control, always in the flow. He is aggressive defensively with quick feet and even quicker hands, hence his 1.7 steals per game. Turner is an exceptional rebounder at 9.2 per game, which will serve him very well as a pro as he can go snatch a board himself and avoid the outlet pass given his sound handle and open court skills. Like John Wall, Turner has superb body control even when he's bumped or hit in the air. Has the size and strength to finish through contact.
Weaknesses: While his stroke has improved, his NBA three still needs work and he's not the type of athlete generally drafted in the top two. Turner struggles at time attacking super-quick guards and doesn't have a great burst or first step. As a result, he is a bit turnover prone, sometimes relying too much on his spin move when he loses sight of the floor, and he still has yet to show off a consistent spot-up shooting stroke.
Like Wall, the main element of Turner's game that scouts question is his long distance shooting stroke. The mechanics are there -- high release, elbows in, strong base -- but the consistency isn't. In 31 games this season, he shot 36.4 percent from three-point land, a solid number but not the percentage he needs to fully exercise his playmaking abilities as a pro where the line is deeper and the defense stingier.
Forecast: An eventual All-Star who can come in and contribute right away, the question marks about Turner's explosiveness may be a little unfair. He is usually quick enough to get to where he wants, and once he gets there, it's over. At 6-7, 210 pounds, he is too big and strong that not having an elite first step or the best leaping ability isn't an issue. All the evidence you need is that he shot 52 percent from the floor.
Turner is an unselfish kid who loves getting teammates involved on offense and loves to lock up on defense. His capacity to defend three positions as well as his basketball feel translates very well to the next level, when unselfish and intelligent play is rewarded, both by coaches, who need high IQ guys masquerading as second coaches on the floor, and by teammates, who will appreciate such a talented and team-oriented winner. Turner is the rare blend of size, skill and intelligence -- the type of kid you can build an entire team around. When it's all said and done, it's not crazy to think he may have the better career than John Wall. Incidentally, he attended the same high school as William Gates in the legendary hoops documentary "Hoop Dreams." Let's just say Turner will make Gene Pingatore very proud.
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