Myles Turner (basketball)

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Myles Turner
Myles Turner (39916223764) (cropped).jpg
Turner with the Pacers in 2018
No. 33 – Indiana Pacers
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1996-03-24) March 24, 1996 (age 22)
Bedford, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school Trinity (Euless, Texas)
College Texas (2014–2015)
NBA draft 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Playing career 2015–present
Career history
2015–present Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Myles Christian Turner (born March 24, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season for the Texas Longhorns before declaring for the 2015 NBA draft and being selected by the Pacers with the 11th overall pick.

Early life[edit]

Turner was born in Bedford, Texas to parents David and Mary Turner, and started playing basketball as a six-year-old.[1][2] He attended Central Junior High School, and as a 6-foot-2-inch freshman, he led his team to 27 wins.[3]

High school career[edit]

Throughout high school, Turner played AAU basketball for the Texas Select team during the springs and summers to further develop himself and gain recognition as a player, participating in well known tournaments and camps such as the LeBron camp, the Nike Big Man Skills Academy, the NBPA Top 100 camp, Adidas Nations, and the Elite 24 invitational.[3][4]

Between his sophomore and junior year, Turner, then 6'7", broke his ankle during the first spring game of AAU play, hurting his chances of recruitment, but soon recovered and gained some 30 pounds through two-a-day weight training regimen to improve his game.[3][5]

In his junior year and after fully recovering, Turner was still relatively unknown and unrecruited, however he had a breakout season and averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 blocks a game and leading Trinity to a 17–13 record and reaching the state playoffs for the first time in 10 years, and only the ninth time in school history dating back to the school's establishment in 1968. He also accumulated six triple-doubles.[1]

During the 2013 AAU summer circuit, Turner maintained his high level of production, leading his Texas Select team to the title at the 2013 Jayhawk Invitational in front of coaches from most of the Big 12 schools.[6][7]

Going into his senior year, Turner began garnering nationwide attention and becoming a highly sought after recruit for his athleticism, ball handling, shooting ability, and natural shot blocking ability for someone of his height. He solidified that by finishing out his high school career with 18.1 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 6.8 blocks per game, leading the Trojans to a 24–7 record.[8]

After finishing off his senior year, Turner was one of the last highly sought after recruits left that were uncommitted. He was rated a five-star prospect by many sites including Rivals.com and several more college basketball analysts as well as being considered the No. 2 center in the nation behind Jahlil Okafor.[9][10] Originally going into his senior year in fall of 2013, Turner had already accumulated 60 various offers,[4] but by his senior year, the list was narrowed down to Texas, Kansas, Duke, Arizona, Kentucky, Ohio State and Oklahoma State.[11] On April 30, 2014, live on ESPNU's Recruiting Insider, Turner formally announced his commitment to play basketball for the University of Texas.[12]

Turner took part in the 2014 McDonald's All-American Boys Game, in which he recorded seven points and seven rebounds.[13] He also represented the United States in the 2014 FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship, helping the country win a gold medal.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Myles Turner
C
Bedford, Texas Euless Trinity (TX) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Apr 30, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 5, 3 (C)   Rivals: 9  ESPN: 2, 1 (TX), 2 (C)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College career[edit]

As a freshman at Texas in 2014–15, Turner averaged 10.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game, earning 2015 Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors.[14]

On March 30, 2015, Turner declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.[15] In June 2015, Turner said, "The decision wasn't really that hard because I knew I would be picked pretty high, so I knew this was my opportunity to go."[16]

Professional career[edit]

Indiana Pacers (2015–present)[edit]

2015–16 season[edit]

On June 25, 2015, Turner was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 11th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.[17] On July 13, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Pacers after averaging 18.7 points per game during the 2015 NBA Summer League.[18] He made his debut for the Pacers on October 29, recording 8 points and 4 rebounds in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.[19] On November 16, he was ruled out for four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture in his left thumb.[20] He returned to action on December 30 after missing 22 games.[21] On January 22, 2016, he had a season-best game with 31 points and 8 rebounds in a 110-122 loss to the Golden State Warriors.[22] On February 1, he recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.[23] On February 19, he recorded 16 points and a career-high six blocks in a 101–98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.[24] On March 3, he was named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for February after ranking third among East first-year players in scoring (13.4 ppg), rebounding (6.6 rpg) and minutes (29.8 mpg) during the month.[25] On March 24, he recorded 24 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in a 92–84 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.[26] Turner helped the Pacers return to the playoffs in 2016, finishing as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference with a 45–37 record.

On April 16, 2016, Turner appeared in his first career playoff game, recording 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks in a Game 1 victory over the second-seeded Toronto Raptors.[27] Five days later, in Game 3 of the series, Turner recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds, but despite his great performance off the bench, the Pacers dropped their second game in a row, with the Raptors taking a 2–1 series lead.[28] The Pacers went on to lose the series 4–3. At the season's end, he earned NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors.[29]

2016–17 season[edit]

Turner dunking for the Pacers in 2017

In the Pacers' season opener on October 26, 2016, Turner recorded 30 points, a career high-tying 16 rebounds, and four blocks in a 130–121 overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks.[30] Turner's next best outing came on January 1, 2017 with a 23-point, 12-rebound effort in a 117–104 win over the Orlando Magic.[31] Four days later, he recorded 25 points and 15 rebounds in a 121–109 win over the Brooklyn Nets.[32] On March 26, 2017, he had 17 points and tied a career high with 16 rebounds in a 107–94 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.[33]

2017–18 season[edit]

Prior to the start of the 2017–18 season, Turner was elected team captain.[34] In the Pacers' season opener on October 18, 2017, Turner had 21 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks in a 140–131 win over the Brooklyn Nets.[34] On December 23, 2017, he had 23 points, nine rebounds and a career high-tying six blocks in a 123–119 overtime win over the Nets.[35] Turner missed nine games in January with an injured right elbow.[36] Many people expected Turner to grow into the primary option for the Pacers, but due to injuries, and the emergence of Victor Oladipo, Turner did not have a jump in production as many people envisioned.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Indiana 60 30 22.8 .498 .214 .727 5.5 .7 .4 1.4 10.3
2016–17 Indiana 81 81 31.4 .511 .345 .809 7.3 1.3 .9 2.1 14.5
2017–18 Indiana 65 62 28.2 .479 .357 .777 6.4 1.3 .6 1.8 12.7
Career 206 173 27.9 .498 .346 .783 6.5 1.1 .7 1.8 12.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016 Indiana 7 4 28.1 .465 .000 .667 6.4 .4 .3 3.3 10.3
2017 Indiana 4 4 33.3 .432 .000 .625 6.8 .8 1.8 1.3 10.8
2018 Indiana 7 7 28.0 .611 .462 .789 5.1 .6 .3 .6 12.4
Career 18 15 29.2 .503 .286 .722 6.0 .6 .6 1.8 11.2

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Texas 34 7 22.2 .455 .274 .839 6.5 .6 .3 2.6 10.1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Helwagen, Steven (October 22, 2013). "Schools Turning Up Heat For Turner". 247sports.com. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ "USA Basketball: Myles Turner". USA Basketball. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Smith, Corbett (February 2, 2014). "Euless Trinity's Myles Turner is nation's most sought-after recruit, yet late bloomer still developing". dallasnews.com. Dallas Morning News. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Borzello, Jeff (July 31, 2013). "Myles Turner stakes claim as biggest riser of the summer". CBS Sports. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ Mecalf, Myron (March 8, 2015). "Being Texas' Myles Turner isn't easy". espn.com. ESPN. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Myles Turner – The Rise Of A Star". prepforce.com. August 5, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  7. ^ Bedore, Gary (April 30, 2014). "Texas prep Myles Turner turning heads". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  8. ^ Borzello, Jeff. "Breakdown: Top-five senior Myles Turner commits to Texas". CBSsports.com. CBS Sports. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Myles Turner". 247Sports.com. CBSSports.com. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Myles Turner". Yahoo! Sports. Rivals. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  11. ^ King, Jason (February 12, 2015). "King's Court: Top Unsigned Recruit Myles Turner Opens Up on College Options". bleacherreport.com. Bleacher Report. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  12. ^ Biancardi, Paul (April 30, 2014). "Myles Turner chooses Texas". espn.com. ESPN. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  13. ^ Zimmerman, Kevin. "2014 McDonald's All-American Game: Jahlil Okafor, Myles Turner lead rosters". SBNation.com. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  14. ^ Sooners' Hield Leads All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Honors
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  16. ^ Dwain, Price (June 23, 2015). "Myles Turner's NBA dream will soon become reality". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Pacers Add Turner, Young in 2015 Draft". NBA.com. June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Myles Turner Signs Contract". NBA.com. July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  19. ^ Gasol fuels Grizzlies' late push to get past Pacers 112-103
  20. ^ Sources: Pacers rookie Myles Turner to undergo thumb surgery Monday
  21. ^ Butler's tip-in gives Bulls 102-100 OT win over Pacers
  22. ^ Curry's triple-double leads Warriors to win in Kerr's return
  23. ^ Irving leads Cavaliers to rare win at Indiana, 111-106 in OT
  24. ^ Ellis scores 27 as Pacers beat Thunder 101-98
  25. ^ Myles Turner Named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month
  26. ^ Pacers celebrate Turner's big birthday by beating Pelicans
  27. ^ George scores 33 as Pacers beat Raptors 100-90 in Game 1
  28. ^ DeRozan regains shooting touch as Raptors rout Pacers 101-85
  29. ^ "Wolves' Towns, Knicks' Porzingis lead 2015-16 NBA All-Rookie teams". NBA.com. May 19, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Turner's opening act leads Pacers past Mavs, 130-121 in OT". ESPN.com. October 26, 2016. Retrieved October 26, 2016. 
  31. ^ "Turner's double-double leads Pacers over Magic, 117-104". ESPN.com. January 1, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  32. ^ "Teague, Turner carry Pacers past Nets 121-109 for 4th in row". ESPN.com. January 5, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  33. ^ "Turner leads Pacers to 107-94 victory over 76ers". ESPN.com. March 26, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  34. ^ a b "Revamped Pacers rely on new faces to cut down Nets 140-131". ESPN.com. October 18, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2017. 
  35. ^ "Oladipo scores 38, Pacers rally to beat Nets 123-119 in OT". ESPN.com. December 23, 2017. Retrieved December 23, 2017. 
  36. ^ "Pacers use late-game magic to rally past Orlando 114-112". ESPN.com. January 27, 2018. Retrieved January 28, 2018. 

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