Here are 3 major reasons why if we had our pick between John Wall and Evan Turner we will draft Wall over Turner.
1) Basketball is a business. Each team is simply a franchise of the NBA. And each owner wants to maximize their profit potential. John Wall may be nothing but hype at this point - but he has a lot of hype. For a new owner with a team temporarily playing at a new arena in Newark while trying to sell the future for Brooklyn as well - and John Wall is a much easier sell than Evan Turner. Wall will help to sell tickets and merchandise as even the casual fan knows of Wall. Turner, while a great college player is not a household name. Advantage Wall
2) At 6'4'', John Wall is big for his natural position of PG. At 6'7'' Evan Turner is roughly average with the majority of NBA SG. Teams always give a higher value to guys who are "big" for their position. This is much closer but advantage Wall.
3) John Wall is 19 years old. Evan Turner is 21 years old. The younger the prospect, the more valuable the player in a GM's eyes. The younger the player means the more years and mileage the NBA team drafting him can expect to get. If a team drafts a guy in the top 5 - they are not drafting them simply for the first contract, but for the second and third contract - meaning they are looking for the most longevity possible. Advantage Wall.
Like it or not - if the Nets have the top pick - regardless of how Turner and Wall play in the tournament or how people perceive the best lineup to be - the Nets are taking Wall.