Indiana Pacers coach McMillan draws comparisons between Myles Turner and LaMarcus Aldridge

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Nate McMillan was confirmed as the new head coach of the Indiana Pacers earlier this week after being promoted from his position as associate with the franchise by president Larry Bird. 

McMillan, whose last coaching job was with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2012, has been given a great opportunity and a talented roster to work with in Indiana.

Any coach would relish the opportunity to coach a superstar player like Paul George but aside from the All-Star, the 51-year-old is particularly keen on working with one of the league's most talented young players in Myles Turner. 

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During his time in Portland, McMillan coached LaMarcus Aldridge for the big man's first six seasons in the league. Aldridge has since blossomed into one of the best power forwards in the NBA and is now a key member of the San Antonio Spurs.

The new Pacers coach sees similarities between Turner and Aldridge and believes the 20-year-old can certainly reach the level of his former player. 

"Myles is very similar to LaMarcus Aldridge," McMillan told reporters. "That kid's work habits are amazing, he puts in his time. I think he will one day be an All-Star in this league. I just get excited with his growth. I thought he and Paul (George) during the playoffs went to another level."

The youngster averaged 10.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in his rookie season in the league and the comparisons with the Spurs star make sense.

Both players are 6-foot-11 with a smooth shooting stroke and coincidentally played their college ball in Texas.  

Aldridge is a five-time All-Star and has career averages of 19.2 points and 8.4 rebounds and Turner has the potential to reach that standard, if not better. 

Myles has the ability and the athleticism to play at either power forward or center and will give McMillan multiple options going into next season.

"I feel although his best position is the five, but he showed his ability to work and try to play the four. You have that ability if you want to go big, similar to what San Antonio was doing with LaMarcus and Tim (Duncan)," said McMillan. 

The Pacers big man had better numbers than Aldridge in his rookie year, with more points and rebounds and is already a better shot blocker, so he has shown he can actually surpass the Spurs power forward with his game. 

Besides George, Indiana doesn't have a second star player like so many teams in the league have but PG-13 is confident Turner can be that guy.

"We got a lot of years together," George said. "My job is to help him get to that level. His job is to get to that level. I look forward to growing with him and helping him become the best player he can be."

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