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 attack mismatches and the post more

As said in the previous slide, the Indiana Pacers are presented with an array of mismatches on the floor consistently. Domantas Sabonis is the usual exploiter of these, but Myles Turner is commonly neglected by defenders as a threat as they settle with a smaller player guarding him.

What’s puzzling though is the measly percentage of his shots stemming from post-ups at only 5.3 percent. This reflects his passiveness on attacking mismatches which becomes an even more glaring hole since he outsizes most players and out-speeds most big men.

However, an interesting fact is that Turner records a 0.93 points per possession on post-ups, a higher mark than the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Karl Anthony-Towns and even Domas. While this is largely because of his low frequency with post-ups, this pushes the agenda that Myles on the post is, in theory and partly in practice, a viable option to score.

If the rotation stays the same and Sabonis is staggered to lead the second unit, Turner should attack the post more in lineups where he is the lone center. Another benefit of this is it also gives him a bigger chance for to attack the offensive boards, where he only averages 1.3 per game, and not just settle as a floor spacer to arm the scoring attack with more variance and make himself a better individual weapon on offense.

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