RUMOR: Pacers satisfied with Myles Turner-Domantas Sabonis frontcourt
The frontcourt duo of Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis was expected to break up at some point, considering the two have very similar skill sets as traditional big men that ventures into shooting the three. Though the Indiana Pacers seem plenty happy with their power forward and center, enjoying playing a different style of basketball with many teams opting to go small, according to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report.
The Pacers have been competing, even without their All-Star shooting guard Victor Oladipo and absences from the newly-signed Malcolm Brogdon. They’re fifth in the East after a win over the Philadelphia 76ers and their run this season can only get better once Oladipo returns from an injury that is nearing a full year of recovery.
Myles Turner, who led the league in blocks last season, is averaging the fewest points, rebounds, and assists since his Pacers rookie season, while also sporting a career-low field goal percentage (45.6%) through 26 games this season.
Domantas Sabonis, on the other hand, has thrived, averaging 17.5 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 4.0 assists through 31 games, looking every bit of the keeper after rumors that he would potentially be traded last season.
Despite Turner’s struggles playing next to Sabonis, the Pacers big man tandem complement each other well. Sabonis makes use of his post scoring and mid-range mastery while Turner exploits defenses with his 3-point shooting while being the last line of defense and blocking shots, making up for Sabonis’ lackluster prowess at that end, despite his size.
The duo will likely stay together for now, but it won’t take long before the Pacers have to make some decisions and determine whether this duo will get them far in the playoffs or not.