Dallas Mavericks trade for Myles Turner in hypothetical deal: Should they?

Dallas Mavericks Myles Turner (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Examining Myles Turner’s fit with the Dallas Mavericks

Turner is an exciting young player. The 6’11 big man can stretch the floor. He is a career 35.7 percent shooter from 3-point range over 732 attempts. The 24-year-old is not going to hunt shots. He catches and fires away when left open.

Turner is a plus defender. He led the NBA in blocks per game in 2019. Turner was tied for 54th in FiveThirtyEight’s defensive RAPTOR this season.

The fit in Dallas is questionable, though. Turner is a Texas native that would be coming home. He is a skilled young player that improves almost any team, but playing next to Kristaps Porzingis may not work. Both players are best on the defensive end protecting the rim. One of them would be forced out on the perimeter when playing together. It would be similar to the Turner and Sabonis situation in Indy.

The Pacers limited Turner’s opportunities in the pick and roll this season. He was rated as slightly below average in that department each of the last three seasons. That would make Turner primarily a spot-up shooter in the Mavericks offense which would not get the most out of the 24-year-old’s skill set.

It would not be the perfect fit for Myles Turner in Dallas.

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