Indiana Pacers’ center Myles Turner has entered the NBA concussion protocol after taking an elbow to the head during a workout last week, according to Pacers’ assistant coach Nate McMillan. It remains unclear at this time as to when Turner will be cleared to resume practice, though it could be as early as Tuesday.
As a rookie last season, Turner emerged as a key piece of the Pacers’ rotation and future. He moved into the starting lineup for the team just before the All-Star break and remained there for much of the season. He started in four of the team’s seven playoff games against the Toronto Raptors as well.
Turner finished eighth in Rookie of the Year voting for the 2015-2016 NBA campaign after he averaged 10.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in just under 23 minutes of action each night. The Pacers drafted him with the 11th overall pick after his freshman season at the University of Texas.
The second-year center figures to be a key part of the Pacers’ rotation once again 2016-2017, even after the offseason additions of fellow big men Al Jefferson and Thaddeus Young. The team also brought in veteran point guard Jeff Teague to supplement established star Paul George.
With a record of 45-37, the Pacers finished as the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference before losing to the Raptors in seven games in the first-round of the playoffs. Their offseason additions, along with the continued return to health of George and the development of Turner, puts them in a position to improve upon their record as a result of the upcoming season.