One former Indiana Pacer player, Jermaine O’Neal, wants to help Turner reach his full potential.
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He reached out to the second-year center over Twitter this weekend, offering to teach Turner a thing or two about the playing in the post. It isn’t official, but it shouldn’t be hard for the two to link up this offseason either.
@Original_Turner let's get some mid post/low post work in when you get back to Dallas this summer. Love the energy you play with.Let me know
That is still the most on the team, but Al Jefferson (who also is mentoring Turner) would easily surpass him if he played as many minutes as the starter did. Turner can often get points against most other centers, but when he faces players like DeMarcus Cousins or Steven Adams, his he isn’t working and scoring out of the post nearly as much.
Part of this is because he is 20 years-old and doesn’t have the body of most NBA players. Turner is still on the slimmer side for most NBA big men as he is still a college-aged kid. The other part is Turner doesn’t have a repertoire of post moves like O’Neal had back in his playing days.
Making Myles a bigger threat out of the post helps the Indiana Pacers in two ways. First off, it gives Turner another way to score more points, something he already does well. But on top of that, once he starts attracting more double-teams in the post, that allows him to become a distributor from there. Turner averages one assist a game now, but O’Neal was averaging over two during his prime with the Pacers.
Another reason I personally want to see this happen in O’Neal isn’t embraced like he deserves after the Malice in the Palace. He should be getting a bobblehead during the 90’s Decade game next month, but apparently, there still is some hard feelings between O’Neal and the Pacers, or at least things aren’t where they should be. Seeing O’Neal getting involved in some way is nothing but a positive, especially if it makes the team better.