Myles Christian Turner (born March 24, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season for the Texas Longhorns before declaring for the 2015 NBA draft and being selected by the Pacers with the 11th overall pick.
On June 25, 2015, Turner was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 11th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft. On July 13, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Pacers after averaging 18.7 points per game during the 2015 NBA Summer League. He made his debut for the Pacers on October 29, recording 8 points and 4 rebounds in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. On November 16, he was ruled out for four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture in his left thumb. He returned to action on December 30 after missing 22 games. On January 22, 2016, he had a season-best game with 31 points and 8 rebounds in a loss to the Golden State Warriors. On February 1, he recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. On February 19, he recorded 16 points and a career-high six blocks in a 101–98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. On March 3, he was named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for February after ranking third among East first-year players in scoring (13.4 ppg), rebounding (6.6 rpg) and minutes (29.8 mpg) during the month. On March 24, he recorded 24 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in a 92–84 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Turner helped the Pacers return to the playoffs in 2016, finishing as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference with a 45–37 record.
On April 16, 2016, Turner appeared in his first career playoff game, recording 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks in a Game 1 victory over the second-seeded Toronto Raptors. Five days later, in Game 3 of the series, Turner recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds, but despite his great performance off the bench, the Pacers dropped their second game in a row, with the Raptors taking a 2–1 series lead. The Pacers went on to lose the series 4–3. At the season’s end, he earned NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors.
In the Pacers’ season opener on October 26, 2016, Turner scored 30 points, tied his career high with 16 rebounds, and blocked four shots in a 130–121 overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks.
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2016)
Third-team All-Big 12 (2015)
Big 12 Freshman of the Year (2015)
McDonald’s All-American (2014)
Parade All-American (2014)
Representing United States
FIBA Americas U18 Championship
Gold medal – first place 2014 United States National team