Indiana’s Myles Turner shoots around Charlotte’s Frank Kaminsky III. Turner was named the Eastern Conference rookie of the month for February on Thursday. Darron Cummings AP
Indiana’s Myles Turner shoots around Charlotte’s Frank Kaminsky III. Turner was named the Eastern Conference rookie of the month for February on Thursday. Darron Cummings AP

Basketball

Indiana’s Myles Turner earns NBA rookie of the month honor

By David Humphrey

dchumphrey@star-telegram.com

March 03, 2016 03:30 PM

UPDATED March 03, 2016 03:34 PM

Indiana’s Myles Turner, a former University of Texas and Euless Trinity High School standout, was named the NBA Eastern Conference rookie of the month, for games played in February.

Turner ranked third among East Conference first-year players in scoring (13.4 points per game), rebounding (6.6) and minutes (29.8). He shot 51.0 percent from the field, the second-best mark for East Conference rookies.

Turner, the 11th overall pick in the draft after playing one season with the Longhorns, recorded his first two career double-doubles during the month and produced a run of nine consecutive double-digit scoring games.

On Feb. 19, Turner scored 16 points and blocked a career-high six shots in a 101-98 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, part of a 4-1 stretch for the Pacers.

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February has been a busy month for Turner.

He returned home on Feb. 11 to help Central Junior High present the school’s inaugural player of the year award named in his honor.

The Myles Turner Player Of the Year award is a cumulative award given to the top student athlete in basketball at the school.

In conjunction with establishing the award, Euless Mayor Linda Martin proclaimed Feb. 11 as Myles Turner Day.

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns was the Western Conference rookie of the month.

Myles Turner takes pride in putting HEB community in NBA spotlight

Former Euless Trinity and University of Texas basketball star Myles Turner, a rookie with the Indiana Pacers, returned home on Thursday to Central Junior High to help present the school’s inaugural player of the year award named in his honor. (Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner)

mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Good ball

Here’s a look at Myles Turner’s top games in February:

Feb. 1 vs. Cleveland: He had his first career double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) and added four blocked shots in a 111-106 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Feb. 8 vs. L.A. Lakers: He shot six of eight from the field and posted 14 points and 13 rebounds in an 89-87 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Feb. 24 vs. New York: He scored 24 points and collected six rebounds in a 108-105 victory against the New York Knicks.

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