The NBA Draft is only two days away. The New Jersey Nets have the third overall selection and will hopefully add a player that will help turner the Net franchise around. There are a few standout options for the Nets. Draft Georgia Tech power forward Derrick Favors and pair him with Brook Lopez, creating a fearsome inside duo? What about college basketball players of the year, Evan Turner from THE Ohio State University? Or finally, what about the sharp-shooting forward from Syracuse, Wes Johnson? Rod Thorn has a huge decision to make on Thursday night….


Let’s dissect the competition to see what the Nets can do…

The Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers currently hold the first two picks in the draft. Analysts and fans alike are about 99% confident that the Wizards will draft Kentucky point guard, John Wall with the #1 overall pick. However, things get very interesting after that.

The Philadelphia 76ers bring an extremely interesting dynamic to the draft at the #2 spot. Most believe that shooting guard, Evan Turner is the second best player in this draft class. The 6’7″ Turner averaged 20.4 points per game and was named the AP Player of the Year over John Wall. The only problem? The Sixers currently have Andre Iguodala and his $12 million/year salary wrapped up in their shooting guard/small forward role. Turner and Iguodala are essentially the same type of player and drafting Turner with Iguodala on the team really wouldn’t make much sense.

Last week, the Sixers traded center Samuel Dalembert to the Kings for center Spencer Hawes and forward Andres Nocioni. Is Spencer Hawes, who has never played a full season in his three-year career, a starting center in the East? That remains to be seen. That’s why I think Derrick Favors makes a lot of sense for Philly. He is tall, very athletic, and reminds me a lot of a young Dwight Howard. Don’t get me wrong, Favors is extremely raw, but his upside is unlimited.

So I really think it’s a 50/50 toss up on who the Sixers select between Derrick Favors and Evan Turner.

Gun to my head, I say the Sixers take Turner. Turner draws Brandon Roy-type comparisons and the Sixers wouldn’t want to miss on that..

On to the Nets…

Basically, I think the Nets will draft whoever the Sixers pass on. I don’t think Wes Johnson is the answer for the Nets. He is a very good college shooter, but that’s about it. The Nets can do much better with either Turner or Favors.

The Nets have enough cap room that they can afford to select the best player available. That being said, Favors is the pick for the Nets. Favors could develop into a devastating power foward. During this freshman season at Georgia Tech, he showed off his impressive vertical leap and rebounding ability. Give him a few years and he could really turn into the next big thing….Dwight Howard anyone?

The only negative about drafting Favors is the impact on the free agent class. The free agent class is comprised by some elite inside talent (Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, Dirk Nowitzki). Drafting Favors would effectively fill up the Nets ‘big man’ spots on the court. Drafting Favors would also mean the team would probably target swing man Joe Johnson in free agency. Of course there is the LeBron James saga, awaiting to unfold….

Between Turner and Favors, who would you rather have?