Philly Post columnist Michael Bradley spoke to three NBA decision-makers about the Sixers' potential draft picks, essentially weighing the merits of picking Evan Turner--the likely selection, if the team's website is any indication--versus Derrick Favors. One issue that popped up is how Turner might not fit with incumbent swingman Andre Iguodala:
“If you take Turner, you have to do something with Iguodala,” a Western Conference GM says. “Turner doesn’t have the athletic ability of Iguodala, but Iguodala doesn’t have the feel for the game Turner does.”
And neither of them can shoot, although Collins assured the media Thursday that Turner should have no problem improving that area of his game. [....]
Another Western Conference exec uses the word “redundancy” to describe the Turner-Iguodala pairing, since both players need the ball in their hands to be effective. “There’s not enough floor space for the two of them,” he says. The selection of Turner “might lead them to do commit to trading Iguodala,” he says. Now, that’s an idea. But how is it possible? Iguodala still has four years and roughly $56.5 million left on his Superfund site of a contract. Taking responsibility for that could lead to the beheading of a GM. Then again…
Bradley came away with his talks with the GMs convinced that the Sixers should take Favors, "and worry about fixing the two guard spot in the future."
He's not the only one who isn't sold on the Turner/Sixers combination. Tom Ziller of NBA FanHouse says DeMarcus Cousins should be the pick because of his offensive skill and teammates like Iguodala, Jrue Holiday, and Thaddeus Young could cover for his defensive lapses.