Dribble, shoot, swoosh. Dribble, shoot, swoosh. Dribble, shoot, swoosh. For many late nights this season, Myles Turner has repeated this sequence to an almost vexatious degree. We've seen him tweet his percentages and we've heard how much he wants to be a star in this league. The kid with the can't miss smile and the can do heart has won over the vast majority of the Indiana Pacers fans. You can't go on Twitter without seeing some form of praise for the guy who is barely not a teenager anymore.
Game two of the current series against the Raptors was as ugly as can be. I left Bankers Life Fieldhouse with an awful taste in my mouth, but still proud of one player's performance: Turner's. His 17 points and eight rebounds thrust him back into the starting lineup, where Frank Vogel has said he will remain during Game Five this coming Tuesday at Toronto. Granted, the technical foul was a mental lapse and I'm sure he'd be the first person to tell you that. It was a pivotal moment in the game and to be frank, there was no foul on the rebound attempt by Turner.
What we have seen from him in his time since the draft has been nothing short of impressive. He started out in the NBA Summer League with an impressive tandem featuring him and fellow rookie Joe Young. He was slowly brought into regular season action before the thumb injury sidelined him for a month and a half. Turner would go on to win the Eastern Conference Player of the Month award for February, averaging 13.4 points per game and 6.6 rebounds. On the season as a whole, Turner averaged 10.3 points per game and 5.5 rebounds. Playing alongside the liberated Ian Mahinmi, the two made us forget about the interior struggles of Roy Hibbert. Hibs averaged 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds a game while starting.
His game has a ton of different moving parts. He is an excellent shooter and an impressive athlete. He's not afraid to get physical and loves his Pacers. This is a young man who has already assimilated into the city of Indianapolis through meet and greets at restaurants, as well as engaging with fans on social media. He is a complete package athlete that is both confident and humble.
Now we see Turner gaining priceless playoff experience in his first year and playing well mind you. He's been battling one of the toughest centers in the league in Jonas Valanciunas. We are watching Myles Turner grow into a future star, a role I think he is more than ready to embrace. I, for one, am going to sit back and enjoy the two-headed Paul George-Myles Turner monster develop. Paul George needs a side kick to win a championship and that side kick will be Myles Turner. It may not be time just yet, but Turner's reign as a star will be coming shortly. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to watching him and that ridiculous haircut.