Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner is one of the more popular names on NBA rumors this offseason. The Pacers sound like they are ready to split up their frontcourt pairing of him and Domantas Sabonis, and Turner is the one that will be on the move.
The market for Turner is a strong one. While teams are going small more often, Turner isn’t a throwback big that will get left behind with the changing times. He is a modern big man as he can impact the game on both ends of the court.
Offensively, Turner won’t clog things up. He can spread the floor, knocking down 35.2 percent of his 3-point attempts in his career. He is becoming more and more high-volume as his career goes on as well, as his 3-point attempts per game have increased every season he has been in the league.
Where Turner really makes his biggest impact is on the defensive side of the court. Turner had a defensive rating of 107.9 this season and when he was off the court, the Pacers’ rating was 112.7.
Turner’s elite level of rim protection is what makes up a large portion of the difference there. He led the NBA with 3.4 blocks per game during the 2020-21 season. It was the second time in his career that he has accomplished that feat, as he also did it during the 2018-19 season when he averaged 2.7 blocks.
The Pacers should be able to land a good package for their defensive-minded center. Here are three potential Turner trades we’d love to see.
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks had a great 2020-21 season, the first with Tom Thibodeau as head coach. The team was so successful because of the way that they played defense. New York bought into Thibodeau’s system and it resulted in a lot of wins.
This offseason, the team needs to focus a little more on improving the offense. The Knicks need to modernize their offense. Julius Randle and RJ Barrett were too often stuck trying to make difficult shots. Myles Turner would help them do that.
Pairing a floor-spacing center alongside Rande would open up the Knicks’ offense. Too often last season when he could create opportunities for others, the ball was being kicked out to non-shooters.