This offseason was not kind to the Indiana Pacers. They failed to attract any stars and didn't draft any notable prospects. Worse, they lost their best player (Paul George), their starting point guard (Jeff Teague), and waived Monta Ellis for nothing in return. The upcoming season looks like a tank job if you ask just about anyone who watches the game.
Be it by confidence, belief, or denial, Myles Turner expects the Pacers to be a whole lot better than everyone thinks.
In a conversation he had with The Indy Star, Turner explained his rising role and his bold expectations for the team after losing some big pieces:
"I want to start establishing myself as a leader in this league and on this team. I know I'm quite young compared to a lot of guys on this team, but the best time is to start young."
"...I feel like we're definitely going to be overlooked this year, A lot of people look at us as a young team that's going to rebuild, but we're a young team that's trying to compete. We've got a lot of guys who can come in and make an impact right away. I expect to make the playoffs this year."
So while everyone else has already written Indiana off, Myles Turner has other plans in mind.
The 21-year-old Turner was the 11th pick in the 2015 NBA draft. From the start, it became clear Indiana had a budding star on their hands. His energy and athleticism translated on both ends of the floor and made him a premier option for the Pacers. With Paul George gone, the franchise is his. And so far, he's shown that he has the mindset of a capable leader.
While a Playoff appearance for this Pacers team is unlikely, Indiana's future looks bright with this kid leading the way for a new chapter.