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

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Indiana Pacers: Myles Turner should constantly exploit the open lane

Despite his frequent timidity on offense, Myles Turner is an athletic and mobile center who can drive in the lane and punish defenders who mistake him for a plodding big man. Sabonis’ brilliance as an offensive centerpiece simply overshadows the fact that Turner can also wreak damage as a scorer.

Alas, Sabonis’ presence on the offensive end of the floor is a magnet for defenders. His primary option is his post-ups, but his tremendous passing ability should be a facet of the game that pushes Turner to seek for more opportunities to score. With Domas already prone to double teams, Myles must make it a point to use his sneaky hops and exploit the open lane.

In the second half of the season, the Indiana Pacers were a constant target of zone defenses, which often forced Sabonis to operate out of the post. When he did get to his spot though, double teams automatically ensued, but Turner and the others settle for waiting on the inevitable swing pass to get shots off. This shouldn’t be the only resort and Myles, in particular, must exploit the open lanes made available by Domas’ post presence and passing.