His first year in the NBA didn’t start as planned, but Indiana Pacers forward/center Myles Turner proved to be a positive addition after missing 20 games to recover from surgery to repair a chip fracture in his left thumb.
The 11th overall selection from a year ago averaged 10.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 60 regular-season games to earn Thursday’s selection to the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team in a vote of sportswriters and broadcasters in the U.S. and Canada.
“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized as part of the All-Rookie team,” Turner said in a Pacers news release. “It’s great motivation moving forward and I’m excited for the future.”
Turner eventually earned a starting role during the regular season and opened in 30 games. In the playoffs, he started four of seven games and averaged 10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game.
Just 20 years old, the 6-11 Turner is considered one of the Pacers’ long-term building blocks along with three-time All-Star forward Paul George.
Joining Turner on the second team were Miami’s Justise Winslow, the Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell, Denver’s Emmanuel Mudiay and Sacramento’s Willie Cauley-Stein.
The first-team selections were Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns of Minnesota, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis, Phoenix’s Devin Booker, Denver’s Nikola Jokic and Philadelphia’s Jahlil Okafor.
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