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Frank Slade
09-25-2006, 02:41 PM
Training Camp Countdown: Point Guards


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The point guard crop: incumbents Jamaal Tinsley (L) and Sarunas Jasikevicius (R)
flank newcomers (from top) Darrell Armstrong, Orien Greene and Snap Hunter.

Editor's Note: With next Monday's media day
marking the dawn of Conrad Brunner's 22nd
NBA training camp and 19th covering the
Pacers, our resident analyst breaks down the
roster, position by position, beginning with the
point guards in the first of a five-part series.

INCUMBENT
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Tinsley

A highly talented but extremely fragile player, Jamaal Tinsley is running out of chances to prove that he's earned the prolonged faith shown in him by the franchise. Tinsley has missed nearly half the team's regular-season games the past three seasons (112) and has been fully healthy for just one of eight playoff series in his career. When healthy, he is among the best pure point guards in the league, and has a skill set that should thrive with a more fluid offensive system. If not, well, there are plenty of options.

CHALLENGERS
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Jasikevicius

European icon Sarunas Jasikevicius endured an uneven introduction to the NBA, starting quickly but fading badly as his defensive liabilities were exposed and his normally reliable 3-point shot went cold. With Anthony Johnson gone, Jasikevicius appears to be first in line for the top backup job and, if Tinsley again falters, could find himself in the leading role. He, too, should flourish in the new system but will need to find a way to mask his defensive flaws.

Popular veteran Darrell Armstrong was brought from Dallas in as much for his leadership skills and locker room presence as his ability to play 94-foot defense and hit timely 3-pointers. At 38, he's entering the final season of his career and should be a solid complement to the group.

After not only making the Boston roster as an undrafted rookie but playing 80 games, Orien Greene brings some needed qualities to the Indiana backcourt, namely legitimate size and strength and quality on-the-ball defense. Though raw offensively, he brings an energy and toughness that could bode well.

Jimmie "Snap" Hunter is back for another try at a breakthrough. A minor-league legend, Hunter is an explosive scorer that needs to show the coaching staff he can run a team from the point. His 3-point shooting should be a prized commodity on a team otherwise lacking.

Though their primary duties are likely to lie elsewhere, both Marquis Daniels and rookie James White could get looks at the point in the preseason. Both are 6-7 and athletic and have played the position in secondary roles before.

BOTTOM LINE
The Pacers need a healthy season from Tinsley, but not as much as Tinsley needs one for the benefit of his future. It's clear he's the team's first option but not the only. There are plenty of capable candidates willing, and able, to seize the opportunity should it again arise.

Pacers.com (http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/camp_countdown_pg_060925.html)

Putnam
09-25-2006, 02:47 PM
It's a darn good assessment by Bruno. I especially like:


The Pacers need a healthy season from Tinsley, but not as much as Tinsley needs one for the benefit of his future.

JayRedd
09-25-2006, 03:54 PM
It's a darn good assessment by Bruno. I especially like:

Originally Posted by Conrad Brunner
The Pacers need a healthy season from Tinsley, but not as much as Tinsley needs one for the benefit of his future.



I think the four years/$28 million he has remaining on his contract will provide a pretty good future regardless of whether he stays heathy or not.

Will Galen
09-25-2006, 10:06 PM
I think the four years/$28 million he has remaining on his contract will provide a pretty good future regardless of whether he stays heathy or not.

That's what I was thinking.

RON ARTEST
09-25-2006, 11:43 PM
I think the four years/$28 million he has remaining on his contract will provide a pretty good future regardless of whether he stays heathy or not.
:laugh: thats true, how old is he? if he is in his mid 2o's then the writer of the article probably means how much money he will make in the future after this deal is over.

Putnam
09-26-2006, 11:14 AM
Tinsley will be 33 when his current contract expires in 2011.



I think the four years/$28 million he has remaining on his contract will provide a pretty good future regardless of whether he stays heathy or not.

His financial future is not at issue, as you point out. But his reputation as a ball player needs a boost that can only come through performance on the floor.

Kestas
09-26-2006, 12:22 PM
I think the four years/$28 million he has remaining on his contract will provide a pretty good future regardless of whether he stays heathy or not.

I love this game!

JayRedd
09-26-2006, 02:23 PM
His financial future is not at issue, as you point out. But his reputation as a ball player needs a boost that can only come through performance on the floor.

I hear ya....

But the cynic in me knows that some people care about "legacies" and some people only care about "royalties".

I think we'll know where Tinsley stands by next June.