Pacers center Myles Turner turned back a dunk attempt with a jaw-dropping block

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Indiana Pacers' forward/center Myles Turner is one of those under-the-radar young talents beloved in basketball circles but still largely unknown to the casual NBA fan.

Just 20 years old, Turner is the ideal big man in the modern NBA. He stands at 6-foot-11, shoots the three, passes well, and runs the floor. As he displayed on Tuesday night in a thunderous rejection of Tariq Black, he also knows a thing or two about protecting the rim.

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Turner's block is an early contender for block of the season. As Black collects the ball off a pick-and-roll and rises for what he presumably imagines will be a posterizing dunk, Turner meets him at the rim (with perfect verticality, we might add), blocks the dunk, and keeps possession.

On the other end of the court (which this Vine does not show), Turner passes up a wide open three and gives the ball to teammate Monta Ellis, who buries it.

Turner is a name to know this season. The Pacers might not be great, but they will be fun. And Turner is a budding star.

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Predicting each NBA team's 2016-17 win total

Atlanta Hawks

Over/Under: 43.5 wins

Prediction: Over (44)

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Boston Celtics

Over/Under: 51.5 wins

Prediction: Over (52)

AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Brooklyn Nets

Over/Under: 20.5 wins

Prediction: Under (17)

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Charlotte Hornets

Over/Under: 39.5 wins

Prediction: Over (44)

(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Chicago Bulls

Over/Under: 38.5 wins

Prediction: Under (37)

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Cleveland Cavaliers

Over/Under: 56.5 wins

Prediction: Over (58)

(Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dallas Mavericks

Over/Under: 39.5 wins

Prediction: Over (41)

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

Denver Nuggets

Over/Under: 34.5 wins

Prediction: Under (34)

(Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)

Detroit Pistons

Over/Under: 45.5 wins

Prediction: Over (47)

(Photo by B. Sevald/Schwegler NBAE via Getty Images)

Golden State Warriors

Over/Under: 66.5 wins

Prediction: Under (66)

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Houston Rockets

Over/Under: 41.5 wins

Prediction: Over (49)

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Indiana Pacers

Over/Under: 43.5 wins

Prediction: Over (46)

(Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Los Angeles Clippers

Over/Under: 53.5 wins

Prediction: Over (56)

(Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers

Over/Under: 24.5 wins

Prediction: Under (18)

(Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)

Memphis Grizzlies

Over/Under: 43.5 wins

Prediction: Under (35)

(Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Miami Heat

Over/Under: 36.5 wins

Prediction: Under (29)

(Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Milwaukee Bucks

Over/Under: 39.5 wins

Prediction: Over (42)

(Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Minnesota Timberwolves

Over/Under: 41.5 wins

Prediction: Under (37)

(Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

New Orleans Pelicans

Over/Under: 36.5 wins

Prediction: Over (38)

(Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

New York Knicks

Over/Under: 38.5 wins

Prediction: Over (40)

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Oklahoma City Thunder

Over/Under: 45.5 wins

Prediction: Under (44)

(Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Orlando Magic

Over/Under: 36.5 wins

Prediction: Under (36)

(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Philadelphia 76ers

Over/Under: 27.5 wins

Prediction: Under (21)

(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Phoenix Suns

Over/Under: 26.5 wins

Prediction: Under (25)

(Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)

Portland Trail Blazers

Over/Under: 46.5 wins

Prediction: Under (46)

(Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Sacramento Kings

Over/Under: 32.5 wins

Prediction: Over (37)

(Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

San Antonio Spurs

Over/Under: 56.5 wins

Prediction: Under (54)

(Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Toronto Raptors

Over/Under: 49.5 wins

Prediction: Over (51)

(Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)

Utah Jazz

Over/Under: 47.5 wins

Prediction: Under (43)

(Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)

Washington Wizards

Over/Under: 42.5 wins

Prediction: Over (43)

(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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