Myles Turner
Myles Turner
22-Year-Old CenterC
Indiana Pacers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $80 million contract extension with the Pacers in October of 2018.
Contributes 15 points Tuesday
CIndiana Pacers
March 12, 2019
Turner delivered 15 points (5-15 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-8 FT), nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks across 37 minutes in Tuesday's 103-98 victory over the Knicks.
Turner has the capability to be a five-category monster before, posting 22 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and one steal just two games ago. His inconsistency on a night-to-night basis is a little worrisome, but Turner has the size and range to be a focal point of the offense while still contributing plus rebound and block numbers.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Swats seven shots Tuesday
CIndiana Pacers
March 5, 2019
Turner collected 10 points (3-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 11 rebounds, seven blocks and two assists across 36 minutes in Tuesday's 105-96 win over the Bulls.
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Derailed by foul trouble in win
CIndiana Pacers
March 1, 2019
Turner managed just three points (1-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and added one rebound, six blocks and one steal across 23 minutes in the Pacers' 122-115 win over the Timberwolves on Thursday.
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Four steals in Wednesday's loss
CIndiana Pacers
February 28, 2019
Turner totaled 13 points (4-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, four steals, one assist, and one block in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 110-101 loss to the Mavericks.
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Disappoints in return to lineup
CIndiana Pacers
February 26, 2019
Turner (hip) played 30 minutes Monday and generated seven points (3-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt), five rebounds, three blocks and one steal in the Pacers' 113-109 loss to the Pistons.
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Will be available Monday
CIndiana Pacers
February 25, 2019
Turner (hip) will be available for Monday's game against Detroit.
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