Myles Turner
Myles Turner
24-Year-Old CenterC
Indiana Pacers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Coming off an underwhelming third season in which his per-game averages took a bit of a dip, Turner totally transformed his body last summer and bounced back in a big way in 2018-19. However, for the first time since 2013-14, the league leader in blocks did not earn All-Defensive honors, which may help fuel his fire even more heading into 2019-20. Along with swatting a career-best 2.7 blocks per game, Turner also chipped in career highs in made threes per game (1.0), three-point shooting percentage (38.8) and assists (1.6). Offensively, Turner remains a work in progress and occasionally shies away from open shots. Nevertheless, with Victor Oladipo (knee) likely to be sidelined until at least December or January, Turner may be called upon to pick up the slack as a scorer to start the campaign. The fact that the Pacers are expected to start another traditional big man (Domantas Sabonis) alongside Turner won't help him improve his mediocre rebounding average (7.2), but the 23-year-old center should continue to increase his three-point attempts. Moreover, the offseason addition of Malcolm Brogdon provides Turner with a talented point guard for pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop situations. Another leap is certainly in the cards, especially if Turner can get back to earning at least 30 minutes per game, which he did as a sophomore in 2016-17. Still, it's possible he's destined to be a low-usage offensive player. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $80 million contract extension with the Pacers in October of 2018.
Personal Bio

Myles Christian Turner is the son of David and Mary Turner. He was born in 1996 in Bedford, Texas. Turner has one younger sister, Mya. Myles attended Euless Trinity High School in Bedford. After his senior season, he played in the McDonald's All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic. That season, Turner led Trinity to a 24-7 record. While playing his collegiate ball at the University of Texas, Turner wore the number 52 to honor Habram Rosario, a close friend and middle school teammate who passed away from leukemia at a young age. Rosario wore number 52 in middle school. While at Texas, Turner studied psychology. Turner is on the Advisory Board for the Dropping Dimes Foundation, which helps former players of the American Basketball Association who have fallen on hard times. Turner also leads the WARM initiative (We All Really Matter), based on a Turner family tradition to help the homeless with packages made up of toiletries, snacks, blankets and clothing. Follow Turner on Twitter (@Original_Turner) and Instagram (@turner_myles).

College/International Summary

Myles Turner spent one year (2014-15) at the University of Texas at Austin. At Texas, the highly-touted high school prospect refined his game, and turned in one of the best freshman season's in the country. Turner generated 10.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks a game for the Longhorns. His 89 total blocks were ranked first in the Big 12. He played in 34 contests and started seven. Those numbers led to Turner being named the 2014-15 Big 12 Rookie of the Year. He took home several more awards at the end of the season. He was named to the Big 12 All-Rookie and All-Defensive teams, and honored with membership on the All Big 12 third team. Later, Turner became the seventh lottery pick in Longhorn history, the first since current NBA big man Tristan Thompson was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011.

Four denials, efficient offense
CIndiana Pacers
March 10, 2020
Turner totaled 16 points (7-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, four blocks, one assist and one steal in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 114-111 loss to the Celtics.
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Turner posted an impressive stat line, providing efficient offensive production and dominant defense. He has reached double figures in scoring in six of the last seven games, and he has accumulated 40 blocks across the past 13 matchups (3.3 per night).
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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.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2015
    Drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the 1st round (11th pick) of the 2015 NBA Draft.
  • July 13, 2015
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Indiana Pacers.
  • October 15, 2018
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Pacers.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Double-doubles in win
CIndiana Pacers
March 9, 2020
Turner recorded 16 points (6-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 13 rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 33 minutes during Sunday's win over Dallas.
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Swats four shots
CIndiana Pacers
March 6, 2020
Turner scored 15 points (5-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 5-6 FT), along with eight rebounds, four blocks and an assist in a 108-102 Friday night win over Chicago
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Hot streak ends vs. Bucks
CIndiana Pacers
March 5, 2020
Turner posted seven points (3-9 FG, 1-6 3Pt), five rebounds and two blocks across 30 minutes during Wednesday's 119-100 loss to the Bucks.
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Four blocks again Monday
CIndiana Pacers
March 3, 2020
Turner posted 17 points (6-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, four blocks, one steal and one assist across 31 minutes during Monday's 116-111 win over the Spurs.
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Posts 10 rebounds, four blocks
CIndiana Pacers
March 1, 2020
Turner accumulated 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt), 10 rebounds and four blocks during Saturday's 113-104 win over the Cavaliers.
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