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Center Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers was selected out of the University of Texas as the 11th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. In not even two full seasons, Turner has found his way as one of the top scoring options on the Pacers team.
As a rookie, Turner averaged 10.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 0.4 steals per game on 49.8% shooting. This season, Turner’s second, in the NBA, he has posted an average of 15.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 2.1 blocks, and 0.9 steals per game on 51.8% shooting. Compared to his rookie season, Myles Turner’s stats have improved, and he’s not even in his prime yet at only 20 years of age.
With rumors of small forward Paul George leaving the Pacers, this might be the season that Turner tries to lead his team deep into the playoffs so that he can prove that they are contenders for the title, thus making George more likely to stay. But if the playoff run doesn’t work out that well and the Pacers are eliminated in the first round, Paul George could potentially leave the team. Myles Turner would then need to step up even more to keep the Pacers playing at a high level.
Even if the front office would try to sign someone who could fill the leadership role of Paul George like Gordon Hayward or Kyle Lowry, Myles Turner would need to step up big time and score at least 20 points per game and snag 10 rebounds per game, which as a 6’11 center, is not hard to do, and his improvement this season alone shows that he is capable of doing so.
Another thing the front office would need to do if George leaves is sign a veteran, a leader in the locker room and a leader on the court. This would help Turner to even further develop into a star while still forcing him to have to perform well in ball games on a nightly basis.
As far as we know, the Pacers seem like a happy basketball team in the middle of the pack in the playoff race, and regardless of which of these two situations happen, if one of them does, Myles Turner is poised to continue his development into a star of the future of the Pacers franchise. Whether he needs to step up on his own or if he develops under an older veteran, he appears to be the next big thing in the NBA.