Finding talented players was no problem for teams in this year’s NBA draft. From first-overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns all the way to the 43rd pick, Joseph Young (who leads the Orlando Summer League in scoring), this draft was loaded with players who have a chance to make a name for themselves. Of course, only one player can win the Rookie of the Year award.
Now, the NBA Summer League is in no way is a reflection of the actual NBA regular season, being that half of its players are not even guaranteed a roster spot; however, a number of rookies looked great when given a chance to impress their coaches and GM’s. One notable example is the Indiana Pacers’ 11th-overall pick, Myles Turner.
Turner played for the Texas Longhorns and was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year. He averaged 18.7 points this summer, along with 8.3 boards and a Summer League-best 4.3 blocks per game. Turner wasn’t able to pull Summer League MVP honors, but he did show his skill on the offensive end and how his 7-4 wingspan will create a defensive presence. The 19-year-old might have a big role to fill this season, now that center Roy Hibbert has gone to the Lakers. The Pacers have been in need of reliable scoring from the 4 and 5 positions; this should no longer be a problem, considering how Turner flaunted his sweet midrange stroke and impressive face-up game.
Pacers’ President Larry Bird and head coach Frank Vogel have to be impressed with their first-round pick. Not only did Myles Turner possibly earn a larger role than expected, he displayed the potential to be one of the best players in this years draft class. He’s worth keeping an eye on as a possible Rookie of the Year.