Myles Turner threw down the most violent dunk of his career against Cheick Diallo as the Indiana Pacers take on the New Orleans Pelicans.
Myles Turner said he wasn’t soft earlier this week and the Indiana Pacers center reinforced that idea with one of the most violent and nasty dunks of his young NBA career.
After setting a screen in the second quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans, Turner faked a shot to get Anthony Davis off his feet. That opened up the lane for Turner to drive to the basket. Only Cheick Diallo stood in his way.
And Turner made sure that wasn’t a problem.
And with that, Twitter went wild.
Even with all the talk of Myles playing a more physical brand of basketball, this play shows why he leaned so much on his shooting.
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The threat of his pick and pop shot forced Davis to close out hard on Turner, but Myles was patient and waited for Davis to fly by.
Turner then saw only Diallo had a chance to stop him and proceeded to make sure the Pelican was on the wrong end of a Sportscenter Top 10 play.
Turner’s always had the finesse to make those shots, and probably could have reset and made it after AD cleared, but this new version of Myles doesn’t play that way.
This version of Turner isn’t going to rely solely on his shooting. This version is doing to throw the ball down hard enough to find your cerebellum.
Myles still has the skill to finesse his way to points, but he is going to create headaches for every defender in the league when they are forced to respect that and his physicality. It’s a beautiful thing, just like a unicorn.
We say it all the time, but Myles Turner is still 21 years old, and he is still a long way from reaching his peak as a player. Moments like this are a glance at just how good he will be.