Here are three indisputable facts about Indiana Pacers big man Myles Turner. His scoring (13.5) and rebounding (6.6) averages have receded from last season, while his shot-blocking (2.1) and effective field goal percentage (52.2 percent) have leveled off, meaning that the 2015 first-round pick has failed to break out in any meaningful way. No one is more frustrated by that fact than the 21-year-old Turner. He has lost the support of exactly zero people within the organization. Pacers team president Kevin Pritchard made it abundantly clear during his recent “State of the Franchise” address that he still views the Texas product as a building block and centerpiece to Indiana’s next championship contender. He didn’t use those words specifically, but he didn’t have to. When he was asked about the Pacers path into the future, he talked about Turner. When he was asked about attracting talent to Indiana, again, he brought up Turner. And when he was asked about Turner's game, he didn't bring up Turner's strengths but rather focused on his weaknesses — but only because it is painfully obvious to him that Turner’s ceiling remains sky high. And that’s where Pritchard’s focus is trained. The team president listed three flaws in Turner's game that he needs to address: his strength, his rebounding and his post-up game. Pritchard emphasized the importance of adding strength, as it will help him develop the latter two skills, but was careful to say that he doesn’t expect Turner to fix that in the months following the all-star break.
While Myles Turner awaits his 'man strength,' he's still a Pacers building block
Indianapolis Star | Feb 22