With the 11th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Indiana Pacers have taken freshman big man Myles Turner. Turner has some of the highest upside on the board at this point in the draft thanks to his size, athletic ability and shooting potential, but he has a ways to go in terms of development.
Turner has size for either low post position, at 6-11.5 with a 7-4 wingspan, and an intriguing ability to stretch the floor that wasn’t evidenced by his poor three-point shooting percentage (27.4 percent). He has rare touch for a big man, evidenced by his 83.9 percent shooting from the free throw line. The big man has adequate athleticism and bulk to defend both frontcourt positions, and he blocks shots at a high rate (2.6 blocks per game).
Turner isn’t the most fluid or laterally quick big man, so defending on the perimeter and on the pick-and-roll will take some adjusting for him. His lower body strength is an issue, as he struggles to get position down low and finish through contact. The youngster struggled against major competition this year, so how will he react to NBA length and athleticism?
Turner has high upside due to his size, versatility and skill with his ability to play both frontcourt positions and shoot from the perimeter. With a little time and seasoning, Turner could develop into a quality two-way starting big man, and the Pacers will need that with David West leaving and Roy Hibbert possibly on his way out.
NBA Comparison: Poor man’s LaMarcus Aldridge
2014-15 stats: 10.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.6 bpg (45.5 FG%, 27.4 3P%, 83.9 FT%)