Pacers’ Myles Turner receives votes, finishes 8th in Rookie of the Year voting

Turner, along with Paul George, are the Pacers' two big pieces moving forward.

Turner, along with Paul George, are the Pacers’ two big pieces moving forward.

Pacers rookie big man Myles Turner received votes for the NBA’s annual Rookie of the Year award. Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns received all 130 first-place votes, becoming the fifth unanimous winner since 1984.

Turner, who started in half of the 60 regular-season games he appeared in, earned three third-place votes. Those votes came from Chris Denari (FOX Sports Indiana), Ernie Johnson (TNT), and George Blaha (WMGC/FOX Sports Detroit).

[Click here for complete media voting results]

Turner, who was sidelined early in the season for 21 games due to a bone-chip fracture in his hand, returned to the lineup on Dec. 30 and two weeks later, coach Frank Vogel moved the teenager into the starting lineup.

In his rookie season, Turner averaged 10.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game. He shot 49.8 percent from the field.

The Pacers drafted Turner out of the University of Texas 11th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft.

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