The magnificent folks at Liberty Ballers currently give Stefanski and the Sixers a 'B' for last night's insanely obvious pick, Let's see what the "experts" have to say ...
Chad Ford: A-
Analysis: The 76ers snagged the best player in college basketball and have to be thrilled. Turner's versatility and ability to lead in big moments are the qualities that make players great. His lack of elite athleticism and his high turnover rate are some cause for concern, but most see him as having Brandon Roy-type upside.
More problematic is Turner's fit in Philly. He and Andre Iguodala are similar players and both are at their best with the ball in their hands. I think it's likely that the Sixers will try to trade Iguodala this summer. If they can replace him with a shooter, Turner could be the guy who turns the Sixers back into a contender.
The Sixers added Evan Turner of Ohio State with the No. 2 pick. He should help them immediately, but you wonder if the Sixers will some day regret passing up on Derrick Favors and DeMarcus Cousins. Until we find out ...
Evan Turner was the right move at No. 2. Ed Stefanski and his staff explored all options and kept it simple. There's something to be said about that. Offering Spencer Hawes a fresh start and adding a competitor like Andres Nocioni to the mix for Samuel Dalembert was also a positive step in turning the page.
Some call the two-position swingman a duplication of Andre Iguodala. Uh, that's a good thing.
There's not much to say here. The Sixers took the man they wanted, the man their fans wanted and the man many felt was the best player available second overall. With John Wall being such an obvious first pick, they had plenty of time to sort through their possibilities. An argument for Derrick Favors is certainly valid, but there's a lot to like with Turner. His fit in Philadelphia depends largely on Andre Iguodala's future with the team.
Is Evan Turner going to be a good player? No question. Was he the consensus No. 2 pick? Absolutely. Is he going to be better than Wesley Johnson in three years? Ehhhhh. Turner was a no-brainer: He's polished, mature and a natural two-guard who, along with Jrue Holiday, gives Philly a dynamic backcourt that will be entrenched on Broad St. for the next decade. But Johnson was the high-riser in the 2010 draft with every team ? including the Sixers -- gushing over his workouts. Philadelphia was after another late first-, early second-round pick most of the night but struck out, a result they may regret if Daniel Orton or Hassan Whiteside turn out to be players.