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02-22-2012, 12:34 PM

Indiana Pacers (19-12) A-

Indiana has taken a step forward on the strength of smart front-office decisions, a defense-oriented coach with the right low-key temperament and the maturation of its young talent. Fourth-year center Roy Hibbert became an All-Star for the first time; forward David West has brought the nasty edge and mid-range scoring threat (although his accuracy is down) that the Pacers were counting on when they signed him as a free agent; and Paul George has blossomed into a shutdown defender and three-point marksman in his second season. Sure, Indiana could use more scoring off the bench and improvement from point guard Darren Collison, but the core players are young and on the rise and there is still plenty of room to maneuver under the salary cap.