Indiana Pacers Head Coach Nate McMillan tips Myles Turner as a future All-Star

Myles Turner has been tipped to become an all-star in the future

Nate McMillan has hailed his young centre Myles Turner to become an all-star in the future.

The Pacers are preparing to head to London to face the Denver Nuggets in the yearly NBA London event.

One man who’s likely to play a major role for the Pacers during the London clash is Turner, and McMillan expects his growth to be showcased at the game.

“Offensively he is one of the top shooters, I think in the game right now [at his position] and that will continue to get better.” McMillan said, during a conference call with international journalists.

“Defensively he’s still learning how to guard the basket, rebound the ball, anchor the defense and I think as he grows and puts on a little weight, I certainly think he has the potential to be an all-star one day.”

However, the Indiana head coach was quick to point out the challenge which Turner faces if he’s to continue his growth during his sophomore season in the league.

“He continues to work extremely hard every single day.

“He’s a second year player who has been given an NBA team and he has to learn how to play the centre spot in the NBA, which is a very challenging job.”

“I think, behind the point guard position, that’s probably one of the most difficult positions on the floor to learn.”


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What makes the challenge even more daunting is the continued change in how big men play the game in the NBA.

With the increased focus on smaller line-ups and floor spacing, centres are now forced to expand their games.

No longer are players asked to simply post-up and work the boards, there’s now plenty more to the centre spot in the NBA.

“The NBA game has really changed in the sense of how centres have to play.  They’re playing more on the perimeter than they are in the paint.

“I would say five years ago, centres were still playing in the post. Now they’re playing at the three point line, and on the offensive end of the floor centres are now shooting threes.

“Myles has that ability to spread the floor, shoot the three and he’s just a young guy that continues to grow each and every game.”

The Denver Nuggets host the Indiana Pacers at The O2 in London on Jan. 12 as part of NBA Global Games London 2017. The game is live on BT Sport or via NBA LEAGUE PASS (www.nba.tv).

Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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