INDIANAPOLIS, IN.– Myles Turner is one of the league’s premier young centers now in his third season. Perhaps Turner is the leagues new top-center. A breakout season in 2016 led him to become the new face of the Pacers franchise. Now in 2017, NBA GMs predict Turner to have another breakout season and potentially earn an All-Star nod.
Turner is tied for second with the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis as the player most likely to have a breakout season in NBA.com’s GM Survey. We do not know exactly how many votes and who voted for Turner. However, we do know there were at least four GMs who expect Turner to have a big season. The only other thing we know at this point is that a GM cannot vote for a player on his own team. This means Kevin Pritchard is not one of those four votes predicting a breakout season for Myles. If he could, I’m sure he would.
Karl-Anthony Towns earned first place with six votes (Hasn’t Towns already broken out?). Regardless who is number one, the chances of Turner to catapult himself into the national spotlight is very likely.
The vote for Turner also means he is going to have more opportunities. Instead of turning to Paul George to run the team, Myles will now be the alpha dog.,
The main reason Turner finished second is primarily that of what he has been able to accomplish behind George in his first two seasons. Comparisons of Chris Bosh and Shawn Kemp in their early years have been mentored. Turner was competing with those guys but Myles had to take a smaller role.
With PG in OKC, and Turner ready to become the face of the franchise, he is in for a breakout season.