Pacers Notebook From Media Day
Wrapping up the day's activities, including notes on the rookies, new vets, and returning players
Turner turning heads, including Bird's
Myles Turner is just 19 years old, barely averaged 10 points in his only college season and is listed at 6-11. Some say he's a 7-footer. But the rookie who has yet to put on a Pacers uniform for anything other than having his picture taken already has achieved an unusual status in Pacers president Larry Bird's educated opinion.
Mylers Turner是個年僅19歲，6呎11吋並在他唯一的大學球季中平均10分左右的球員，有些人則是說他剛好7呎。不過這位穿上溜馬球衣後除了拍照外還沒做過任何事的新秀在閱歷豐富的溜馬總裁Larry Bird的眼裡已經有了不尋常的地位。
"He's probably our best shooter on the team," Bird said Monday. "He's a dead-eye shooter, he's big ... I've got high expectations for the young man."
The Pacers' first-round draft pick averaged 18.7 points on 60.5 percent shooting and 8.3 rebounds in Summer League play in Orlando in July, and continued to shoot well in fullcourt scrimmages with his future teammates the past couple of weeks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Veteran Ian Mahinmi is figured as the likely starting center when the season opens, but training camp and the pre-season games will determine that. Turner isn't counting on earning a starting position, but isn't conceding it, either.
"Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely going out there trying to get that starting position, but I'm approaching it as I need to go out here and learn as quickly as possible," he said. "It's not like my No. 1 goal is, 'Oh my God, I need to start.' I need to find my role on this team."
Turner is often compared to LaMarcus Aldridge, another 6-11 former University of Texas player, who signed a free agent contract with San Antonio over the summer that will pay him nearly $20 million next season. Meaning, he is effective posting up around the basket, but can step out and score from the perimeter as well.