Myles TurnerHt/Wt: 6'11" / 242 lbs
2015 Draft Profile - Myles TurnerStrengths
Turner has quality size and length for a center, which helps him rebound and defend at a high level. He also has fantastic hands that allow him to catch passes and rebound in traffic. Perhaps the most intriguing offensive aspect to Turner's game is his shooting touch for a big man. He's proven time and time again his ability to knock down midrange jumpers and has even shown capability from behind the three point line. He's also a superb free throw shooter, making him a trustworthy option late in close games.
Defensively, he has terrific instincts. He's a great positional defender because he knows when and where to rotate on that end and does a good job of contesting shots. He's not a guy that will jump out of the gym by any means, but he has exceptional timing that allows him to compensate for a lack of leaping ability and block shots.
Overall, Turner has a tremendous amount of upside, especially on offense due to his shooting touch that is very rare at the center position.
While Turner has some compelling tools to work with, he still has a long way to go in terms of overall development. He currently lacks mobility and fluidity -- making his movement look very awkward at times. Despite his shooting touch, he has a very raw post game that needs refinement down on the block. Also, often times he fails to work for inside position and gets pushed away from the basket, forcing him to give additional effort to get in position for offensive rebounds.
Turner could struggle against defenders in the NBA with equal or greater size than himself because of an absence of explosiveness. He really struggles to get much elevation when he leaves the floor, leading to some foul trouble a little too frequently on defense. Minimal lateral quickness could be an issue at the next level when he's forced to defend away from the basket, such as pick and roll situations.
NBA Player Comparison
Although he obviously has a long way to go in order to reach his level, Turner projects similarly to LaMarcus Aldridge, who also came out of Texas. Both players have virtually identical height, weight and wingspan. Aldridge's best trait to his game is his astonishingly efficient midrange jumper, and will occasional step out beyond the arc and take a three. He doesn't have incredible leaping ability either, though he uses his capabilities well to make himself an adequate defender. With the right coaching, combined with necessary time and effort to improve, Turner could be an elite big man down the road like Aldridge currently is.
PPG: 10.8 RPG: 6.3 APG: 0.7 SPG: 0.4 BPG: 2.7 FG%: 45.2 FT%: 83.5 3PT31.8
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