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Myles Turner dedicated to using his platform to help people in the community

Pacers, Myles Turner

The Indiana Pacers’ rising star Myles Turner has been spending his summer helping his community. The Texas native has turned his attention in the offseason towards living a secluded lifestyle away from the free agency madness in the NBA and giving back to his biggest supporters, his parents, while helping less fortunate people.

Via Brad Townsend in Dallas News’ SportsDay:

“I always told myself that, if I ever made it, I would do something with this one day, on a bigger platform,” he said. “It’s something I’m trying to expand in my home state and hopefully across the nation.

“I think this can go even miles further.”

During the summer, Turner quietly received a pay increase as the extension the 6-foot-11 center signed with Indiana in October went into effect. The 23-year-old was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2015 draft by Indiana out of the University of Texas at Austin.

Turner is also the founder of We All Really Matter (WARM)—an initiative devised to spread messages and care packages for victims of the homelessness crisis.

At Turner’s basketball camp held in north Texas, he entertains children with training and the occasional Nerf-wielding fight breakout. Turner also got his hands on an advanced copy to screen the latest “Spider-Man” flick for campers and their families.

Turner averaged 13.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 28.6 minutes per game, shooting 48.7% from the floor, 38.8% from 3-point range, and 73.6% from the free throw line last season in 74 games. The team is entering the 2019-20 season likely without Victor Oladipo to start the year and new additions in Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb, Justin Holiday, Aaron’s brother, and T.J. Warren.