Quote by Nba preview – rookie & sophomore (Central)
Sophomore: Myles Turner, Rakeem Christmas, Joseph Young
Rookie: Georges Niang, Nick Zeisloft
Myles Turner began his Nba career with plenty of doubts on his physical condition and his unusual running stance. After one season, expectations are sky high and some do think he is in the same conversation with Towns and Porizingis. However, that seems a bit out of proportion, especially if we consider his on court production: 10.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and a -3.7 Offensive Box Plus Minus. The potential is there, and the Pacers decided to trust him with a starting role at center, following Larry Bird’s idea to play faster than the slogging offense Vogel had in place. Indeed, Turner should benefit from a faster pace, since he can run the floor very well, but there are some concerns, first among them the fact that coach McMillan‘s teams were always efficient on offense but never really tried to “run”. Second, in the 30 games he started last season, Turner offensive rating was 16 points lower when compared to the 30 games he came off the bench, while his defensive rating was more or less the same. He will have to speed up his development, and improve that awful 27.3% from beyond the arc, because his every move will be under scrutiny.
Rakeem Christmas and Joseph Young will be in their second year of a contract that will pay them 4.3M in 4 years. They both went back and forth from the D-League and when given the chance this summer they showed they are still far from ready to be part of coach McMillan rotation. They will probably go back to the D-League, together with Georges Niang, who signed a 3-year minimum contract this summer, with only the first one guaranteed. Nick Zeisloft has a camp deal and will be waived before the season opener.