Turner averaged 10.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks during his freshman season at Texas. Allowing just 86.3 points per 100 possessions, the 6-foot-11, 240 pound center led the Big 12 in defensive rating and total blocks (89), resulting in him being named the Big 12 Conference's Freshman of the Year.
Indiana's 2015 first-round draft pick made a strong impression at the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League, where the big man averaged 18.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 4.3 blocks in three games. While in Orlando, Turner looked comfortable in pick-and-pop situations and was more apt to face the basket than to bang in the paint. Though he attempted only three 3-point tries, the former Texas Longhorn appeared capable of stretching the floor with his shooting touch.
"The fact that I've got my running a little bit better, (the pace) does suit me." Turner told Basketball Insiders following his Summer League debut. "I know the Pacers organization wants to focus more on getting up and down the floor this season, so it's a good start to it."
With Roy Hibbert and David West no longer in the picture, Indiana's frontcourt is the land of opportunity. Turner will compete with returning big men Ian Mahinmi and Lavoy Allen as well as newcomer Jordan Hill for minutes at the power forward and center position. Paul George is expected to earn some minutes at stretch-four.
While terms and conditions of Turner's contract were not released per team policy, the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, as explained here, dictates that Indiana's first-round selection at No. 11 earn $1.96 million during his first season and $2.05 million in year two with team options in years three and four.
Myles Turner and Joe Young were both named to the Orlando All-Summer League Team selected by NBA-TV along with Detroit's Stanley Johnson, Orlando's Aaron Gordon, and Memphis' Russ Smith.