The Pacers scooped up Myles Tuner with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2015 draft. In hindsight, the pick looks like a steal after two years with Turner, who just turned 21, starting the full season at center for the Pacers.
While Turner remains a work in progress, he’s show plenty to love, from his shot-blocking and shooting ability to his mature approach to being a pro and making an impact in the community.
ESPN.com’s Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton each chose their current top ten from the 2015 class and both had Turner slotted at No. 3 behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis. Certainly seems like a fair ranking at this point, considering what we saw from Towns last week at the Fieldhouse.
Here’s what Ford and Pelton had to say about Turner.
FORD: Before his freshman season, many scouts thought Turner was a top-three prospect in his high school class. His up-and-down play at Texas -- combined with an awkward gait running the floor -- scared teams away, but two years into his NBA career, it's clear that Turner was a terrific prospect who just needed a little NBA coaching to clean up his flaws.
Offensively, Turner is still figuring it out, and he continues to leave a lot to be desired as a rebounder, but defensively there's no question he's already an impact player for the Pacers. Like Porzingis, Turner has tremendous, untapped upside.
PELTON: We've seen Turner improve his range this season, making 38 3-pointers at a 34.5 percent clip after going 3-of-14 beyond the arc as a rookie, and he's been an effective rim protector. Turner's limited small-area quickness will always be troublesome for him defending the pick-and-roll game, but he's already a quality starting center at age 21, which is no small feat.
Considering Paul George, taken No. 10 in the 2010 draft, would be re-drafted in the top five, if not top two of the 2010 draft, the Pacers have done quite well with their late lottery picks.
This was a topic on the latest episode of Locked on Pacers along with reaction to comments by Nate McMillan, Paul George and Lance Stephenson from practice on Monday. Check it out!