Former Longhorn Myles Turner wasn't expected to sit around anxiously waiting to hear his name called for too long during Thursday night's NBA Draft, and he didn't have to as the Indiana Pacers used their No. 11 overall pick to select the versatile big man from Texas.
It's no surprise Turner was selected in the lottery, considering his extremely high-upside as potentially game-changing two way player. There have been concerns about issues with his knees and the way he runs, but those issues were quickly addressed and don't appear to be long-term issues with proper and continual workouts.
The Pacers proved by drafting Turner that they believe the reward is well worth the potential risk. If Turner can resolve the issues with his running motion, continue to develop his offensive arsenal -- which extends out to the perimeter -- and translate the defensive impact he had as the Big 12's leading shot blocker at Texas, that certainly should be the case.
Turner’s name being called Thursday night makes him the first Longhorn drafted since 2011, but the 15th since 2000.
Here's an excerpt from a scouting report I recently wrote highlighting Turner's strengths on both ends of the floor.