Turner appeared in 47 contests for the Pacers during the 2020-21 regular season before his season was cut short due to a toe injury that limited him to just four games since the beginning of April. The big man delivered an impressive performance on the defensive end of the court during the campaign and was an early-season candidate for the Defensive Player of the Year award after averaging a career-high 3.4 blocks per game -- this was the third straight campaign in which he averaged at least 2.0 blocks per tilt. Turner's best defensive performance came on a December 23 game against the New York Knicks, where he recorded a season-high eight blocks to go along with eight rebounds and 10 points. That was one of two instances where Turner recorded at least eight blocks, and he finished with at least five blocks in 12 different contests. Turner's best scoring output came on January 24 against the Toronto Raptors, where he finished with 25 points while also adding six blocks, four rebounds, three steals and an assist. The big man scored at least 20 points in seven different games. Other season-high marks included 12 rebounds (twice), four assists and four steals. He mustered at least 10 rebounds in eight different games. All things considered, Turner finished the 2020-21 season with 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.4 blocks, 1.0 assists and 0.9 steals across 31.0 minutes per contest. He is expected to be available for the start of the 2021-22 training camp.2019
In his fifth NBA season, Turner appeared in 62 games for the Pacers, as well as four postseason contests. During the regular season, the Texas product averaged 12.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 2.1 blocks in 29.5 minutes per game. He hit 45.7 percent of his field goals, 34.4 percent of his threes, and 75.1 percent of his free throws. On opening night against Detroit, Turner hit four three-pointers en route to 25 points, to go with nine rebounds, two steals and three blocks. Three nights later, he recorded his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 boards against the Cavaliers. On Jan. 10 against Chicago, Turner erupted for a season-high 27 points, adding 14 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal. Turner notched a career-high six steals against the Jazz on Jan. 20. In a Feb. 25 win over Charlotte, he recorded a career-best eight blocked shots. It was one of seven five regular season games in which Turner had at least five blocks. On the year, Turner racked up 11 double-doubles. During seeding play in the NBA bubble, Turner appeared in seven of eight games, averaging 14.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.7 blocks. In Round 1 of the playoffs versus Miami, Turner averaged a double-double with 15.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.0 blocks. In Game 2 of the series, Turner posted 17 points, eight rebounds and five blocks. In Game 4, he registered 22 points, 14 boards and five rejections.2018
Myles Turner was a defensive menace in his fourth year in the NBA, all of which have been spent with the Indiana Pacers. Turner started 74 games for the Pacers at center. He led the NBA in blocks (199), averaging 2.7 rejections per contest. He had 11 games with five blocks or more. With Turner anchoring the defense, the Pacers allowed the fewest points per game (104.7) in the NBA. Turner narrowly missed being named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. The big man was certainly no one-trick pony, though, as he also averaged 13.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per tilt. Turner collected 17 double-doubles. December was his best month, as the 6-foot-11 center managed 15.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 3.2 blocks per contest. Overall, Turner finished fourth in scoring and second in rebounding on a Pacers squad that ended up fifth in the Eastern Conference with 48 wins. Turner's Pacers would lose to Boston during the first round of the playoffs.2017
After a strong second NBA season, Myles Turner had similar success during the 2017-18 campaign. Unfortunately, a slew of injuries throughout the season limited him to 65 games (62 starts). Despite clearly playing while injured at times, the 6-foot-11 big man still averaged 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks across 28.2 minutes per game. He also shot 47.9 percent from the field and a career-high 35.7 percent on three-point attempts. Turner posted 11 double-doubles and 13 games with at least 20 points. Four of those 20-point performances came during a strong December. During that month, he averaged 14.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks. The University of Texas product later scored a season-high 25 points twice -- on Nov. 19 and on Mar. 13. In seven postseason contests, Turner stayed consistent with his regular season numbers. He averaged 12.4 points and 5.1 rebounds. However, he shot more efficiently with a 61.1 field goal percentage and 46.2 three-point percentage.2016
Turner appeared in 81 games (all starts) for the Pacers during the 2016-17 season -- his second in the league. He saw 31.4 minutes per contest, averaging 14.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 blocks (third-most in the NBA) and 1.3 assists. He also had the 17th-most defensive win shares (3.7). Turner shot 51.1 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from three on 1.4 attempts and 80.9 percent from the free-throw line. He set new single-game career highs in assists (six) and steals (four). Plus, he had 15 double-doubles. Turner's best overall game of the season occurred during opening night, Oct. 26, against the Mavericks in a nine-point win. Across 37 minutes, Turner posted 30 points (13-19 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-5 FT), 16 rebounds, four blocks, two steals and one assist. The Pacers finished the campaign 42-40, making the playoffs but losing the Cavaliers in four games during the Eastern Conference First Round. During the series, Turner averaged 10.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks in 33.3 minutes. His best performance was during the deciding Game 4. Turner posted 20 points (8-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT) and nine rebounds in 33 minutes.2015
Following one season at Texas, Turner was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Pacers. A fractured left thumb caused Turner to miss 22 of the Pacers' first 30 games, but he quickly regained his bearings and played his way into the starting lineup by late January. As a reserve, he averaged 9.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 17.8 minutes. As a starter, he averaged 11.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 27.8 minutes. He set single-game career highs of 31 points, 16 rebounds, six blocks, four assists and two steals. Turner also collected four double-doubles. His best overall performance of the campaign was Jan. 22 during a 22-point loss to the Golden State Warriors. Turner played 28 minutes off the bench and contributed his season-high 31 points (12-17 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-9 FT), plus eight rebounds, two blocks and one steal. The Pacers finished the year 45-37, making the playoffs but losing in the Eastern Conference First Round to the Toronto Raptors in seven games. In the postseason, Turner averaged 10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.3 blocks.