Again, this a check-up on rookies the Sixers could have taken instead of Evan Turner, and a comparison to Turner using advanced statistics. We'll do this every 5 to 10 games. I also want to remind you this is still a SMALL SAMPLE SIZE!
Two things I must mention
- As of today Turner and Favors come off the bench for their teams, while Cousins and Johnson start.
- DeMarcus was thrown out of practice 10 days ago for arguing with his coach.
My ranking as of 12/09/10:
- Derrick Favors
- DeMarcus Cousins
- Wesley Johnson
- Evan Turner
Of the four, Favors is clearly playing the best basketball.
Then there's Cousins, who's playing like Marreese Speights and acting like Rasheed Wallace. The attitude problems that concerned many pre-draft appear to real, and his offensive efficiency has been abysmal. However; he is 20 years old, so early struggles were expected.
Then you have Johnson and Turner, who were supposed to be more NBA-ready than Favors and Cousins, but have struggled mightily through the first quarter of the season. To say one's played better than the other is difficult, because they've both been Willie Green-bad.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't regret taking Turner over Favors. If there were a re-draft Favors would be the pick, no question. He's almost as much of a no-brainer as selecting Evan Turner was five months ago. Oops. However; I'm in no position to bash the pick, nor is Tanner, Derek or Mike, or 80% of the LB community.
We'll check back in with the rookies in a few weeks. Hopefully Turner turns things around before then.