For aspiring players across any sport, one of the biggest fears is that of a career ending injury before they get a chance to live their dream of playing at the summit of their chosen sport. American television and books are filled with the stories of anger and resentment that comes with suffering the dreaded life-altering injury and for a brief moment in the life of Myles Turner, it was going to be his story.
Thankfully, the world got to live with one less man who never got a chance to live his dreams because Myles Turner eventually recovered from his injury and has gone on to play in the NBA for the Indiana Pacers. His dream has led him to become one of the best defensive players in the league.
Learn all there is to know about the Pacers Number 33 below.
Myles Turner’s Early Life
Myles Turner was welcomed into the arms of loving parents, David and Mary Turner, on the 24th of March 1996. It was a joyous time in the Turner family who celebrated their child’s arrival in Bedford, Texas where he was born. Within six years of his arrival into the world, Myles Turner began to spend a lot of his time on the basketball court, playing at Central Junior High School before he moved to Trinity High School where he completed his high school education.
During his high school career, Myles Turner followed the path of most aspiring professional players, and unfortunately for him, it almost led to the end of his prospects as a pro player. He broke his ankle during a spring game for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Thankfully, he was able to recover from the career-threatening injury and eventually was recruited by The University of Texas at Austin to play for the Texas Longhorns.
Building a successful career
Before he signed for Texas, his scouting reports rated him 5/5 stars and made him one of the most talented and coveted recruits in the country. He spent just a season playing for Texas where he averaged 10.1 points per game and was named into the 2015 Big 12 Freshman of the Year. He then declared for the NBA Draft in 2015.
Following his draft by the Indiana Pacers as the 11th player in the Draft, he signed a two-year contract with the team. His first season was challenging however as he got sidelined for 21 games after getting the surgery to fix an injured left thumb. He did, however, manage to play a total of 60 games in his rookie season, starting 30 of them to earn a place in the NBA All-Rookie Second Team at the end of the season.
His sophomore season turned out to be one of his best. With no injury to affect his game, he played 81 games over the course of the season, starting all of them and averaged 14.5 points per game. With his growing influence on the team since his arrival, Myles Turner was elected team captain at the start of his third season.
So far, Myles Turner has played in a playoff game every season he has spent with the Indiana Pacers, averaging 11.2 points per game over the course of 18 games.
Net Worth and Salary
Following his draft by the Pacers in the 2015 NBA Draft, Myles Turner was signed to a rookie contract for two years at $4.82 million. After the expiration of his rookie contract, he was signed to a four-year deal in October 2018 for a contract worth $80 million with $72 million guaranteed. Over the course of the four years, he is expected to earn a yearly salary of $10.8 million.
This has also helped Myles Turner to build a reputable net worth of $14 million when his taxes and other deductions are accounted for.
Myles Turner has always been one to give back to those he loves and over the course of his career with the NBA, he has been taken care of his family. Having grown up in a challenging environment, Myles never forgot his roots and has made grand gestures like buying a car for his grandma and aunt as appreciation for their support and love.
As for his own personal life, Myles Turner is believed to be dating a girl named Franchesca. There is very little information regarding the confirmation of the present status of their relationship, but it is however confirmed that they dated while he was a college player in Texas.
Height and Weight
As a defensive player in the NBA, his height is one of his most valuable tools and Myles Turner is not lacking in that department. With his ability to read the game and make intuitive decisions, combined with his height of 6 feet 11 inches and listed weight of 113 kg, Myles Turner has grown to become one of the notable Centers in the NBA.