Realistic Expectations for Myles Turner’s Rookie Season with the Indiana Pacers

July 14th, 2015 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »

Myles Turner entered the NBA draft viewed mostly as a project. He'd averaged 5.6 points over his final eight games at Texas without having strung together much consistency throughout the year. 

"Because of his age, lack of strength and his body type, the physicality of the NBA will be a major issue early in his career," wrote's Fran Fraschilla back in January. 

But despite all the skepticism regarding his first-year transition, Turner was an absolute standout in summer league. And with Roy Hibbert now in Los Angeles and David West in San Antonio, the Indiana Pacers' rookie big man could be looking at a significant role right away.


Immediate Role

The Pacers will likely mix in Paul George at the 4 and newly acquired Jordan Hill at the 5, but regardless of whether Indiana goes small or big, minutes should be there for Turner in 2015-16. 

Quite frankly, Hill and Ian Mahinmi just aren't threatening-enough offensive players. Considering only six teams in the league ranked worse in offensive efficiency last year, per ESPN, Turner's shot-making sk ...

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