Indiana Pacers season review: Evaluating Myles Turner

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Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers
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Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner had a phenomenal season on the defensive end.

Prior to the 2020-21 NBA season, Myles Turner was a common trade candidate for the Indiana Pacers. His defensive dominance would have greatly helped a lot of teams across the league last season and the Pacers themselves witnessed just how valuable he was.

When Myles was on the floor, Indiana at least had some help defensively. When he was gone, the Pacers could not stop anyone or anything inside and that left them with massive problems. Indiana was a completely different team with Turner out of the lineup but injuries once again were an issue for the big man.

Turner played in just 47 games last season, missing 22 of the team’s final 23 games. His absence is nothing new as Turner has missed plenty of time since arriving in Indiana but at some point, he needs to show that he can be available when the team needs him.

His sixth season with the Pacers was arguably his best. His offensive impact hovered around the same level that he’s been at for a few years but Turner took a massive leap defensively. Missed time was the only thing keeping Turner out of the All-Defensive Team and the Defensive Player of the Year conversation.

Overall, how was Myles Turner’s season with the disappointing Pacers?