Myles Turner is a freshman 6’11 power forward/center with a 7’4 wingspan from the University of Texas. For the season he is averaging 22.9 minutes, 10.8 points per game, 6.6 rebounds per game, 0.6 assists per game, and 2.8 blocks per game, while shooting 45.9% from the field, and 27.6% from the three.
- Elite-level combination of frame and athleticism.
- A developing 3-point threat.
- Emerged as a dominant shot-blocker and rim protector.
- Great with help defense due to his high basketball IQ.
- Great timing and instincts on the offensive side of the ball.
- Turner is a solid passer for a big man, always knows how to position his teammate.
- Good free throw shooter(84% for the season).
- High motor, always giving max effort.
- Not an explosive athlete, lacks mobility.
- Lacks strength against some opponents in paint, but has the frame to add weight for the NBA level.
- Although Turner has a plethora of offensive moves he does not have developed post moves.
- Is extremely unselfish at times deferring to less talented teammates. This leads you to believe he does not have the “it” factor you look for in a superstar.
- Has struggled against elite competition.
- Foul prone
There aren’t a whole lot of 7-foot, shot-blocking, offensively refined players walking around the NBA today. Turner hasn’t quite developed what you’d call a “reliable” three-point shot just yet, but you’d imagine he’s not too far off. He may not have the “it” mindset you want out of your superstar, so he may not have that kind of upside. But the tools he does possess combined with his immense size give Turner a very high ceiling, and that alone should get him into the draft range of picks 5-10.
Although these two big men both went to the University of Texas the comparisons go way beyond that. Both Turner and Aldridge are not very athletic, but both have great size and shooting touch, working mostly from the mid-range post. Turner is also hauling in a ton of rebounds for his per 36 which leads you to believe he could lead your team in rebounds from the get go and then quickly develop into a featured scorer at the NBA level.
By: Mac Crowe @Mac_Truck17