Indiana Pacers: A 4-step plan to unlock Myles Turner’s offensive potential

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Indiana Pacers, Myles Turner
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Indiana Pacers: Myles Turner should fully embrace the gunner role

Part and parcel of what makes Myles Turner such a unique commodity for the Indiana Pacers among the league’s big men is that he’s essentially a 3-and-D center. While his otherworldly prowess at swatting shots and game-changing presence as a rim deterrent is no secret, his three-point stroke is above average for a center.

This season, he’s made some strides as a three-point marksman. At 4.4 per game, Turner attempted the most threes per outing in his career this season. While he only converted 33.5 percent of his triple, it’s clear that Myles is best used as a stretch five next to his frontcourt partner in Sabonis.

Still, he could’ve made a more dramatic leap as a shooter. Turner is still prone to passing up open shots from downtown, usually stagnating the offense or leading to a lower percentage shot in the mid-range. He could look at a player like Brook Lopez in 2018-19, where the former post-exclusive center attempted an eye-popping 6.3 three-point attempts per contest. If Turner can get near that figure, it will open up a lot of things for the Pacers while forcing defenses to respect his volume shooting.