Pacers Summer League Preview: Myles Turner looks to impress early


The summer league team will be headlined by their two draft picks this year, Myles Turner and Joe Young, as well as Solomon Hill who legitimately got minutes for them last season. It’s not the most exciting group, but it’s one that will have three guys on the opening night roster in all likelihood.  

 Small Forward Pacers100 percent

 Hill was pressed into action in his second season due to the Paul George injury. He started 78 games, played nearly 30 minutes per, and overall performed admirably. He here to get some further seasoning though, as his offensive efficiency wasn’t particularly strong and he could use some more time to develop his ball-handling skills and jumper.

 Center Texas (NCAA)100 percent

 The No. 11 pick in the 2015 draft, Turner will profile well with the Pacers if they end up playing more uptempo hoops. He’s a shooter that can also protect the rim, and simply put there aren’t many in the league who can say they have that combination of skills. It has potential to make him immensely valuable if he can develop his body and continue working on his running gait.

 Point Guard/Shooting Guard Oregon (NCAA)85 percent

 Young was the team’s second round pick, and he profiles well as a bench microwave scorer that can both run the pick-and-roll and shoot well. He needs to work on his defensive intensity, as he’s limited on that side of the floor as it is. But the only way he’s not on this team is if they decide to stash him somewhere because they bring in a different group of guards. 

 Power Forward Pacers50 percent

 Larry Bird has talked a bit this offseason about how he likes Whittington as a guy for the future. He’nager Mikel Arteta today.The Sun says his move to Arsenal appears to be very close after a “removal van” was spotted outside his home in the north-west.The City coach has been in talks with the Gunners all week about taking over at the Emirates.Accors out of contract, and he’s unlikely to get a guaranteed one from them, but if the big guy is on your side then you’ve certainly got a shot. He also fits as a stretch-four for a team that wants to play a pace-and-space style going forward.

 Guard/Forward Maccabi Ashdod (Israel) 15 percent

 Nunnally was in the NBA in 2014, but then ended up parlaying that into a couple of nice European deals this year in Spain and Israel. He played a majority of his time in Israel, putting up 17 points per game in a strong European league. He’ll probably get a training camp contract somewhere if he so chooses to stay on this side of the globe. Maybe it’s with the Pacers.

 Center Minnesota Timberwolves, Canton Charge (D-League)20 percent

 Another guy who will probably get a training camp contract somewhere. Onuaku can really rebound and has a solid touch around the rim, which has led to him getting cups of coffee each of the last two seasons. At 27 years old, he’s starting to get into his last chances to make an NBA roster full time, but the Pacers might have a need for depth down low if they move on from Roy Hibbert.

 Power Forward Le Mans (France), Indios de Mayaquez (Puerto Rico), Maine Red Claws (D-League)15 percent

 Osby had a rough start to the year, getting hurt while over in France and ending up leaving his team. He then came over to America and dominated in the D-League, scoring 25 points and grabbing eight rebounds per over this final five games with Maine. The guy is physical, can rebound, and knows his role. He might end up making it to the league at some point.

 Forward Maine Red Claws, Reno Bighorns (D-League)Five percent

 Watford is a stretch-four prospect out of Indiana who has lost his ability to shoot over the course of the transition to the NBA 3-point line. He’s only made 30 percent of his 3s in the D-League, and had the same issues last year in Israel. If he can shoot, he’ll have a shot to make it. If he can’t, it’ll be rough sledding.

 Forward Atlanta Hawks, Austin Spurs (D-League)25 percent

 Eddie signed a 10-day last year with the Hawks, but never got a chance to play. He’s a 3-and-D prospect, pure and simple. Anyone who makes 45 percent of their 3s in the D-League on 281 attempts is a legitimate prospect for the NBA, and it doesn’t hurt that he has 6-10 wingspan to pair with it. At some point this season, he’ll be in the NBA. It just might not be in Indiana.

 Center  (NCAA)Two percent

I want Stainbrook in the NBA so much. The post-up threat is one of the best passing big men you’ll find playing hoops, capable of finding players both from the block or in the high post. He doesn’t have enough athleticism to play in the NBA, but it would be really fun if he could find his way in. 

 Point Guard (NCAA)One percent

 The consummate table-setter, Octeus led Purdue to the this season with steady play at the lead guard spot. He’s also a solid defender. If he can improve his jump shot consistency and become a bit more productive, maybe he can make it. But it’ll probably take a couple of years in the D-League. 

 Shooting Guard (NCAA)Three percent

 Lacy’s a knockdown shooter, both on the move and when stationary. The problem is that he has no game off the bounce really, and doesn’t provide much value anywhere else. If he shoots well, he might play his way into a contract, but he’s another guy who would do well to develop either overseas or in the D-League to improve his ancillary skills. 

 Shooting Guard Lowen Braunschweig (GermanyOne percent

 Lockett was pretty solid in Germany this year, making 40 percent of his 3-pointers and averaging 12 points, five rebounds and two assists. His game fits a lot better there though, as his defensive problems are less emphasized. He’ll make a lot of money over there for a while, though.

 Point GuardLokol goalkeeper coach John Achterberg has explained their deal for Andy Lonergen.Speaking to the club’s website, the Reds’ goalkeeping coach revealed the veteran has just been brought in as added cover in training due to Liverpool’s shot-stopper shortagmotiv Kuban (VTB League)One percent

 This Lithuanian was a lot more of a highly sought after guy in 2013 when he won the VTB League Lithuanian of the year. Since then, he’s struggled a bit with injury and isn’t really seen as an NBA player. At 28 though, this is likely his last shot to make the jump, so why not give him age transfer boost if they win the Europa League final.The Gunners will take on Premier League rivals Chelsea in Baku on May 29.It is the north Londonders final chance to qualify for the Champions League.An end to the two-year hiatus from Europe’s pre chance and see if you can catch lightning in a bottle. 

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