Myles Turner
Myles Turner
23-Year-Old CenterC
Indiana Pacers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Coming off an underwhelming third season in which his per-game averages took a bit of a dip, Turner totally transformed his body last summer and bounced back in a big way in 2018-19. However, for the first time since 2013-14, the league leader in blocks did not earn All-Defensive honors, which may help fuel his fire even more heading into 2019-20. Along with swatting a career-best 2.7 blocks per game, Turner also chipped in career highs in made threes per game (1.0), three-point shooting percentage (38.8) and assists (1.6). Offensively, Turner remains a work in progress and occasionally shies away from open shots. Nevertheless, with Victor Oladipo (knee) likely to be sidelined until at least December or January, Turner may be called upon to pick up the slack as a scorer to start the campaign. The fact that the Pacers are expected to start another traditional big man (Domantas Sabonis) alongside Turner won't help him improve his mediocre rebounding average (7.2), but the 23-year-old center should continue to increase his three-point attempts. Moreover, the offseason addition of Malcolm Brogdon provides Turner with a talented point guard for pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop situations. Another leap is certainly in the cards, especially if Turner can get back to earning at least 30 minutes per game, which he did as a sophomore in 2016-17. Still, it's possible he's destined to be a low-usage offensive player. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $80 million contract extension with the Pacers in October of 2018.
Another big game Friday
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October 11, 2019
Turner finished with 13 points (5-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, five blocks, three assists, and two steals in 28 minutes during Friday's 105-87 preseason victory over the Bulls.
Turner put up a stellar line Friday, contributing across the board in the Pacers comfortable victory. He has been putting together a nice preseason and appears set for a strong season. His shot-blocking, in particular, has been fantastic, blocking five shots in two of the three games thus far. He is a good chance to lead the league in blocks this season with Mitchell Robinson attempting to curb his fouls. Turner is going in the second round of many drafts with his only real flaw being his lack of rebounding numbers from the center position.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
After a strong sophomore campaign, Turner was expected to take another step forward in 2017-18 and appeared to be a prime candidate to up his production following the departures of big-time contributors Paul George and Jeff Teague. However, it was offseason addition, Victor Oladipo, that really shined and turned himself into the go-to option, while Turner remained more of a complementary piece. To begin with, the 6-foot-11 big man struggled a bit with his health and despite starting every game he played in, was limited to just 65 contests due to a concussion and an elbow injury. Even when Turner did take the court, though, he appeared to regress as a whole and finished the season with averages of 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks, all of which were down from 14.5, 7.3 and 2.1, respectively. Adding on to that, his 47.9 percent clip from the field was well below others at his position. Still, Turner's athleticism, rim-protecting skills and ability to stretch the floor (35.7% from deep in 2017-18) are key attributes to have as a center in today's NBA, so his workload shouldn't take any drastic hits despite the down year. Look for Turner to operate as the third or fourth option offensively, but his rebound and block totals should still earn him a selection in the middle rounds of most Fantasy leagues. A bounce-back season is certainly in play and Turner is still only 22 years old, so improvements with his overall game and production wouldn't be unexpected.
Turner, at 20-years-old, was the legitimate starting center for the Pacers last season. He got the nod in all 81 games he appeared in, posting 14.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.3 assists across 31.4 minutes per game. He also shot an efficient 51.1 percent from the field while going 40-for-115 (34.8 percent) from beyond the arc. Turner fits the mold of the prototypical modern center – he’s athletic, he’s a shot-blocking presence and he can stretch the floor. The 2017-18 season looks like it could have the makings of a breakout campaign for Turner, as the Pacers’ top two scorers from last season – Paul George and Jeff Teague – are no longer with the team. The Pacers didn’t replace the pair with high-caliber offensive talent, either, adding Victor Oladipo, Darren Collison and Cory Joseph to the mix. With the Pacers in a rebuilding effort as well, and Turner arguably having the most upside on the roster, there should be no shortage of touches for him. The fact that he’s not exactly a household name may also result in him sliding down the draft board. For that reason, it’s probably worth checking to see if Turner is available during a draft, no matter what the round, as he has the potential to be one of the Fantasy steals for the upcoming season.
Considered a relatively raw prospect after he was drafted 11th overall out of Texas, Turner surpassed expectations in his first NBA season, averaging 10.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 22.8 minutes per game for the Pacers. A fractured left thumb caused Turner to miss 21 of the Pacers’ first 30 games, but he quickly regained his bearings and played his way into the starting lineup by late January. Turner would go on to start half of his 60 total games, averaging 27.8 minutes per game as a starter, versus just 17.8 as a reserve. With Ian Mahinmi now in Washington, the center spot is clearly Turner’s for the taking, and a significant increase in minutes should be expected. The Pacers brought in Thaddeus Young and Al Jefferson over the summer, but Young will see the vast majority of his minutes at power forward, while the league as a whole has seemingly outgrown Jefferson’s plodding, back-to-the-basket style. Turner is on the short list of potential fantasy breakout players this season, and his potential will only rise if he develops into a more reliable catch-and-shoot threat in the mid-to-long range.
The 11th draft pick in the 2015 NBA Draft has a golden opportunity to shine in Indiana. With low post options Roy Hibbert and David West leaving town, there is a giant void in the Pacers low post. It's just the kind of void that the 7-foot, solid-framed Turner should help fill. Turner was a beast at the Orlando Summer League. Through three games, he averaged 18.7 points, 0.7 three-pointers, 8.3 rebounds, and a whooping 4.3 blocks in 29 minutes per game. Admittedly, that's a small sample size. But the rookie also shot 61 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line, solid percentages for a 19-year-old facing tougher competition. The Pacers have a thin frontcourt with limited potential, so there's room for Turner to possibly claim the starting center job at some point this season. Myles will battle Jordan Hill, Ian Mahinmi, and Lavoy Allen for minutes, though Hill will also see time at power forward. Mahinmi and Allen are career bench players, meaning the path to minutes should be accessible for Turner. Expect coach Frank Vogel to start slow with Turner but grant him more minutes as the season progresses. Turner is especially appealing in fantasy keeper leagues.
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Five swats in preseason debut
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October 5, 2019
Turner amassed 12 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five blocks, three rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes during Saturday's preseason win over Sacramento.
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Magnificent season ends Sunday
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April 21, 2019
Turner compiled 13 points (5-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, and two blocks in 34 minutes during Sunday's 110-106 loss to Boston.
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Resting Wednesday
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April 10, 2019
Turner will rest for Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Hawks.
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Absent from injury report
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April 9, 2019
Turner (ankle) is not on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Hawks.
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Questionable to return Sunday
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April 7, 2019
Turner is questionable to return to Sunday's game against Brooklyn due to a sore right ankle, Scott Agness of The Athletic reports.
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