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Breakout Performer: Myles Turner

The Indiana Pacers center has a new look and some very big goals

Myles Turner, Andy Roth, Hardcore Hoop Talk, NBA Analysis
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Myles Turner took a step back last season, and that led the 22-year old to make a drastic change in his diet and workout routine. There was no more Popeyes fried chicken, nor trips to Waffle House and Whataburger, and the days of eating eight slices of pizza at one time were put in the rear view mirror. Turner hired a personal chef, and along with a vigorous workout routine that included yoga, the Indiana Pacers’ center reshaped his body, while cutting his body fat from 14 percent to nearly half that.

Myles Turner

Turner was third in the NBA in blocked shots last season, but now has his eyes on leading the league this year and improving his overall defense. He also has a loftier goal and that’s to be an All-Star.

That could be a tough one to attain, but he might follow in the footsteps of his teammate, Victor Oladipo, who was name the Most Improved Player last season.

Turner already has a really nice skill set to go along with his 6-11 frame and 7-4 wingspan, and with his new body and intense focus, I really think he’s ready to make a big statement.

His new teammate Kyle O’Quinn concurs, saying,

“Myles looks more fluid and explosive, said O’Quinn, who signed with the Pacers in free agency. He is primed for a big year. If he lets the offense come to him, he can get 20 a night and be an All-Star.”

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