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Get to know Indiana Pacers sensational sophomore Myles Turner

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Now that 26 teams have tipped off their 2016-17 NBA season, we've learned that a few things never change.

LeBron James dropped the first triple-double on opening night since Jason Kidd managed the same feat in 2006. King James looks like he is going to pick up right where he left off from the NBA Finals, and that is a scary prospect for everyone.

Russell Westbrook was one solitary assist away from grabbing a triple-double of his own and Anthony Davis showed once again why he is the brightest young star in the NBA today by posting an insane 50 points, 16 rebounds, seven steals and four blocks against the Denver Nuggets.

And then there was Myles Turner. The Indiana Pacers sophomore surprised the world with his polished performance on opening night against the Dallas Mavericks as he registered 30 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks to even outshine Paul George.

So who is Myles Turner?

Standing 6'11" and 243lbs, Turner hails from Bedford, Texas and his home state is where he went to college, too.

Toronto Raptors v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

As a freshman, he averaged 10.1 points and 2.6 blocks a game and those statistics convinced the Pacers to use their eleventh pick in the 2015 draft to bring him to Indiana.

Last season, Turner came up against fellow Texas alumni Kevin Durant, and the now-Golden State Warriors forward had some encouraging words for the big man who can operate between the four and five spot.

Durant: "I love his game. He's playing with confidence, shooting, taking tough shots and he's one of those guys that is going to be a nice force for years to come. We played them [Pacers] the other night and he left an imprint on the game early and late and he was able to help them win the game.

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Durant went back and visited his college the previous year and ended up serving Turner up for a slam dunk in a scrimmage. The day he met Turner, he just knew he had something.

"I knew he was going to be special, he's just got to keep working and stay the same way and, you know, we family," Durant insisted. "Texans, we always stick together and I'm pulling for him, man. I'm sure I'll see him around this summer and we'll get some work in."

His teammate George got some time in with the young prodigy this summer as Turner was selected to help the United States Men's basketball team to prepare for the Rio Olympics. George insisted many of the senior players were raving about just how good Turner is.

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“Myles looked good,” said PG13 in Pacers.com video. “Myles looked really good. I think the whole talk around that camp was ‘Man, you got a good one.’ And that’s coming from all the guys on the Olympic team. Everybody was just raving about how good Myles is and how lucky we are to have him. He’s earned the respect of the veterans, of the peers. He’s going to be good. He’s got it down now. He loves to work..”

And it didn't stop with the players; journalists in attendance for the training camp couldn't help but notice his talents either.

Of course, it is only one game for Turner and after posting averages of 10.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in his rookie season, on top of the arrival of Al Jefferson, the youngster will know he has a way to go before his averages relfect his incredible efforts from last night.

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