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Pacers' Myles Turner: Remains in concussion protocol
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Turner (concussion) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports.

The team announced Monday that Turner recently sustained a concussion during a workout, and he'll sit out Tuesday as he continues to deal with symptoms. The Pacers have no reason to push Turner to return, so he could miss a few more days as training camp gets underway. Regardless, Turner's availability for the start of the preseason, and certainly the regular season, do not appear to be in much jeopardy.

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Pacers' Lavoy Allen: May not be included in rotation
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Pacers coach Nate McMillan said at Monday's media day that he would prefer to utilize a nine- or 10-man rotation this season, which may not include Allen, Scott Agness of Viligant Sports reports. "[Allen's] got to make me play him," McMillan said.

A favorite of former coach Frank Vogel for his strong defensive effort at both frontcourt spots, Allen appeared in 79 games last season and averaged 5.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game. However, with McMillan taking over and the Pacers adding Thaddeus Young and Al Jefferson this offseason to a frontcourt that includes up-and-coming center Myles Turner, it doesn't look as though many opportunities will be available for Allen. The 27-year-old could be relegated to mop-up duty at the end of non-competitive games or as a fill-in option when Young, Jefferson or Turner succumb to an injury or foul trouble.

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Pacers' Al Jefferson: Will open season in bench role
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Pacers coach Nate McMillan said Monday that Myles Turner, not Jefferson, would open the season as the starting center.

As the incumbent starter at center, Turner was always viewed as the favorite to open the year on the top unit at that position in 2016-17, despite the Pacers' decision to change coaches during the offseason. Though Turner will miss the start of training camp while he recovers from a concussion, it's expected that he'll be fully recovered by the time preseason play begins, leaving little opening for Jefferson to make his case for a starting role. Jefferson came off the bench for much of last season with the Hornets and averaged 12.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.9 blocks in 23.3 minutes per game, which would seem to be a decent expectation for his production during the upcoming campaign.

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Pacers' Thaddeus Young: To start at power forward
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Coach Nate McMillan confirmed Monday that Young will open the season as the Pacers' starting power forward, Nate Taylor of the Indianapolis Star reports.

McMillan revealed his entire projected lineup, noting that, unsurprisingly, Young will start alongside Myles Turner, Paul George, Monta Ellis and Jeff Teague. Young enjoyed one of the best individual seasons of his career as a member of the Nets last season, averaging 15.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals in 33.0 minutes per game. As he enters a much better basketball situation, Young's statistical output may take a slight dip, but he's been one of the more consistent forwards in the league over the last several seasons, and that's unlikely to change.

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Pacers' Jeremy Evans: Still rehabbing, may not be ready for season
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Evans (shoulder) is still rehabbing and has yet to return to full-speed on-court work, Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports reports. "It's a possibility that he won't be ready for the start of the season," Pacers coach Nate McMillan said Monday.

Evans underwent surgery last March to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He was dealt to the Pacers in July, but isn't expected to factor into the regular rotation. The fact that he's still working back from the shoulder injury and will be limited in training camp will only hurt Evans' case for gaining playing time early on during the upcoming season.

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2015-16 Team Leaders
PPGPaul George , SF23.1
RPGIan Mahinmi , C7.1
APGMonta Ellis , PG4.7
FG%George Hill , PG44.1
FT%Paul George , SF86
3P%George Hill , PG40.8
BLOCKSMyles Turner , PF86
STEALSPaul George , SF152
MPGPaul George , SF34.8
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