Myles Motivated to Get Better, On and Off the Court
Few players attract such off the court attention as Myles Turner. Not only is he having an incredible season, but the 20 year old continues to do great work with his W.A.R.M (We All Really Matter) project. He has built quite a following, influencing many others to take the time to donate and help homeless people.
Myles, in his sophomore season, has proved to be a vital part of the Pacers organization. A young center thrust into the spotlight with all-stars Jeff Teague and Paul George, Turner is averaging 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game.
The poise with which Myles has carries himself is astounding, as well as his worth ethic.
“One of the best and most exciting parts about working with Myles is, he cares and he really loves the game,” Head coach Nate McMillan said. “Sometimes he’ll get you excited because it’s a true, just genuine innocence about the game. He pops up off the bench when he’s getting announced, he comes in and he’s got this young, uplifting spirit about him.”
If Turner maintains his current averages of 15.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks, he would join Anthony Davis, Kevin Garnett, Chris Webber and Shaquille O’Neal as the only players to reach those numerical thresholds before turning 21.
Myles has become a great scorer, but he looks to expand his game in other ways as well, like working on his passing.
“At this point in the season, I’ve learned from watching the film what taking my time does for the offense,” Turner said. “It’s helping everyone else around me and that’s what my role is.”
“Myles is very capable of scoring, but what I’ve told him is he’s got to learn how to make reads, when to shoot, when to pass,” McMillan said. “Because he’s going to be involved in a lot of action on the offensive end of the floor.”
Both the team and Myles understand how dangerous the Pacers can be as they continue to untap Myles’ potential.