The Indiana Pacers started their third game of the NBA Summer League with eyes continuing on Myles Turner and Joe Young. While the team did not perform as well as hoped , the two draft picks left us with a good taste in our mouths.
First we'll start with the big man. Turner, the Pacers first round pick in 2015, comes in with high expectations looking to fill the shoes of departing center Roy Hibbert. The biggest downfall of Hibbert's game was his lack of physicality and rebounding despite being 7'2. Turner, only 19, finished the game with 23 points and eight rebounds. On the defensive side, Turner racked up four blocks and a couple steals. If you watched the game, the physicality of Turner in the third quarter was a very refreshing change of pace. He's showing signs of being able to adjust to the fast-paced offense that Frank Vogel desires.
Guard Joe Young had an impressive performance, logging 25 points in 32 minutes (most on the team). The youngster also added five assists to a solid offensive day. The four turnovers were a little corncern, but should be cut down as he grows into the league and rids himself of jitters. Young also looks like he is adjusting to the fast-paced offense as well, a welcoming sign. Young shot nine of fifteen (three for three from downtown) from the field.
NBA veteran Solomon Hill did not have an impressive performance in this one. In 27 minutes, Hill could only muster four points on 1-4 shooting. Hill, a part time starter last season, showed some serious flash at times last year but has not been able to put it together so far in the summer.
Other notable summer leaguer Shayne Whittington did not play per coach's decision. Whittington had a family issue arise and was sent home for the remainder of the week.
The Pacers next matchup will come tomorrow at 1 pm against the Orlando Magic Blue squad. That game will also be broadcast on NBA TV and stream on NBA.com (for a fee). Stay tuned for more Pacers news and game recaps on Indy Cornrows!