As of today the Wolves are 9-36 and would be selecting #2, #16, and #21. With that in mind I will continue to give you scouting reports on some of the best players in this year’s class.
Today I am going to breakdown one of the top prospects in the 2010 NBA draft Evan Turner. We will discuss why he would fit into the Wolves draft plans, why he might not, and both his strengths and weaknesses.
Why he is a fit: Under the guidance of Coach Rambis the Timberwolves have moved to a triangle offense. Some of the key ingredients (in respect to the shooting guards) to successfully run the triangle includes:
1. The two-guard has to be able to handle ball extremely well.
2. He also has to be very patient as well as unselfish.
3. He has to have the ability to create for his teammates.
4. Lastly, when the defense defends the triangle perfectly the two-guard (or sometimes the small forward) has to be able to take over and create for himself.
Evan Turner is able to do all of those things very well. As a 6’6″ guard Turner runs the point for Ohio State despite it not being his natural position. This forces Evan to create for his teammates before looking for his own shot.
Why he does not fit: Using the same categories as the ones listed above I will point out some of the concerns I have with Turner. Evan Turner handles the ball very well but gets lazy with it. When it comes to dribbling it might come too easy for him. When it comes to creating for his teammates Evan does tend to turn the ball over a little too much for my liking. His 1.33 assist to turnover ratio is the best of his three year career at Ohio State. His turnover problem could be attributed to one of two things (possibly even a little bit of both):
1. Laziness; this game might just come too easy for him.
2. Playing the unnatural position of point guard is likely causing a lot (or maybe even most) of his problems as well.
My next concern is his tendency to over dribble. The triangle offense is based on passing and moving while never having the ball in one person’s hand for too long. Lastly, while he can create for himself at the college level I do worry about him being able to do so at the NBA level.
Overview: The Villain is a large guard (6’6″ or 6’7″) who can create for himself as well as others. He is a natural leader who is NBA ready. He has an absolutely sick crossover that he can consistently control while breaking down his defender. Evan rebounds well and is not afraid to drive to the basket and finish in traffic. He has a fairly decent mid-range game but does not always demonstrate good form. His free throw and three point shooting need to get better (.719 FT% and .316 3PT%). Evan Turner is a low risk prospect. If he fails to be worthy of the #2 or #3 pick he will still be a solid player none the less.
Strengths: Rebounding, ball handling, finishing ability, size, mid range jumper, and his nickname is a definite strength (I mean c’mon “The Villain” is pretty good).
Weaknesses: Free throw and 3-point shooting, he over dribbles, turnovers, and laziness.
Ceiling: Brandon Roy
Basement: Anthony Parker