The Indiana Pacers turned themselves into serious contenders this 2016 offseason for the Eastern Conference title. Aside from the free agency acquisitions, the East team is also banking on the development of young big man Myles Turner, who according to the latest NBA rumors and analysis could be the next LaMarcus Aldridge.
Ric Bucher of the Bleacher Report claims that Turner is due for a breakout season in a recent interview.
“[Myles Turner] is probably playing with the best point guard that he’s ever had [in his NBA career] with Jeff Teague coming over from Atlanta,” Bucher noted while adding that the continued improvement of Paul George while playing for Team USA in Rio will also be a factor in Turner’s play.
Bucher added that the change in the coaching department would also be good for Turner’s career.
“It all comes down to new head coach Nate McMillan, who developed LaMarcus Aldridge with the Portland Trail Blazers. I see Myles as being the same type of stretch power forward, having a lot of the same skills and ultimately all of that is going to benefit Myles,” Bucher said.
Turner, who was drafted as the 11th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, is coming off a rookie year when he averaged 10.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in just 22.8 minutes per game.
Turner is just 20 years old and has already shown he can start in the league with his athleticism especially on the defensive end of the floor.
McMillan, who replaced Frank Vogel as head coach in Indiana, handled Aldridge with the Trail Blazers from 2006 to 2012. In his rookie year, Aldridge, who now plays for the San Antonio Spurs, averaged 9.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 22.1 minutes per game.
Those numbers are very similar to Turner’s stats in his first year in the league. Aldridge broke out in his second NBA season averaging 17.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game as his minutes increased to 34.9 minutes per game.
Bucher, with his rumors and analysis, could be correct in predicting that Turner will have a breakout year like Aldridge next season. The young big man will be among the featured players in the Pacers roster that includes stars George and Teague plus other Al Jefferson, Thaddeus Young, Monta Ellis and Rodney Stuckey.
Will Myles Turner have a break out year for the Pacers in the 2016-2017 season? Can he be a star like LaMarcus Aldridge?
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