Indiana Pacers rookie big man Myles Turner will miss six weeks after undergoing surgery to fix a chip fracture in his left thumb, the team announced Monday.
Turner suffered the injury in the first half of the Pacers’ victory over the Boston Celtics last Wednesday night. The 19-year-old only played one minute before leaving the game.
Indiana selected Turner 11th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft. The big man entered the league as a raw prospect, but he was still expected to quickly find a niche in the Pacers’ rotation thanks in part to the lack of quality big men on the roster.
Turner enjoyed a solid start to his rookie season before getting hurt, averaging 6.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocks while shooting 55.3 percent in 15.9 minutes per game. With the young big man on the shelf, that means Ian Mahinmi, Jordan Hill and Lavoy Allen will have to take on more responsibility in the frontcourt. And of course there’s that Paul George guy, who’s looking like his old self.