Sure. Definite underdogs, but yes.
Sure. Definite underdogs, but yes.
Get Scola or Brand then it is definitely possible.
A. all our players play to their potential
B. DWade remember's he likes to be injuries, Bosh never fully recoveres, and LeBron pulls a "IM THE ONLY GOOD PLAYER SO IM GONNA SUCK"
C. Rose never fully recovers
D. Kobe and Nash don't mix well
Then. And this is only a slight stretch.
I'll expand on it later, but it's all on Paul George. If he becomes the TMac level player we all know he is physically capable of becoming, then yes. The team is gearing up for him to be the centerpiece and a take that leap toward stardom. If he's a mental/emotional midget we'll be a first or 2nd round exit every year.
No! We have also fallen behind others in the East. I cannot believe that we can stand pat and think we can have a repeat of last season. The luck we had last season cannot be duplicated (Howard less Orlando, a Chicago team with no plan if Rose got hurt, Horford out for Alt and Bosh being hurt). Philly, Alt. (addition of Williams and subtraction of Marvin and Joe), Nets, Chicago (drafting Teague adding Hinrich) Boston and New York are all better then the Pacers. Also Toronto, Washington and the Bucks all have made major moves to improve and should fight for the playoffs. I am not sure it is a given that we make the playoffs. I know that Darren is being dumped on by the local media but he started most of the season and we won a lot of games. Also he was playing on a team that early in the season was terrible at finishing off plays. I also hear that he lead breaks and shot a lot but as I remember guys were not running with him to help. I am not sold that Hill is a starting point guard and we signed a backup with a losing track record to back him up. We have taken a real step back this offseason that will be like the Murphy and Mike Dunleavy years. Roy will hurt us at some point during this next contract because he is way over paid and 40 million for Hill is just mind blowing. This is a borderline playoff team and we will continue to see that for years to come. I hope you are happy with that because that is all we are ever going to be. We have no upside!
I did say I'd expand on it later. The in betweens would result in an occasional variation in the depth of the playoff run (ie maybe get to the ECF).
Our goal should be to snatch the 2nd seed and advance to the ECF.
If we do this then I may be able to dream about a title :)
I think we will be good, as good as last year. Maybe, Just maybe, get that second over all record. The only way we have a chance is signing Scola or PG REALLY comes out of his shell like everyone thinks he will. If PG turns into -say- a prime Tracy McGrady. We have a shot.
Early to jump the gun? I think every team can, some just more likely than others.
Not with the roster as it stands "right now".
No, but we certainly improved and we're getting closer. so I'm not complaining.
We need a star player who wills the team to win by his play and force of personality. The Kobes, James,Wades, Jordans and the like just dominate physically and mentally. We just don't have that player who is so dominant.
Sometimes the coach has that kind of personality like Popovich, jackson, or Riley.
Others might disagree with me but I thought then and I still believe it now that the Pacers should have won the championship in 2004 and 2005. At the very least the talent was there.
PG: Jamaal Tinsley/Anthony Johnson/Kenny Anderson
SG: Reggie Miller/Fred Jones
SF: Ron Artest/Jonathan Bender
PF: Jermaine O'Neal/Al Harrington/Austin Croshere
C: Jeff Foster/Scot Pollard
PG: Jamaal Tinsley/Anthony Johnson/Eddie Gill
SG: Reggie Miller/Stephen/Jackson/Fred Jones
SF: Ron Artest/Jonathan Bender/James Jones/Michael Curry
PF: Jermaine O'Neal/Austin Croshere
C: Jeff Foster/Scot Pollard/David Harrison/Dale Davis
I know I am leaving other guys off from the 04-05 squad but they don't really matter.
My first thought after seeing these rosters is that these were DEEP teams. The Pacers from this past year were known as deep but I don't think they compare to these two teams.
Do you believe that the team the Pacers currently has is on par, talent-wise, with the teams in 03-04/04-05? I think this Pacers team has the potential to be similar. Of course it depends on guys improving but I don't think it depends on say Paul George becoming the Orlando Magic version of Tracy McGrady. The players do need to improve. The other factors in this will be the fit. The players on those two Pacers teams complemented each other well. Sure there were some weaknesses but overall they played well together. I think that last season was a season for this current Pacers team to find there way so to speak...to really develop some chemistry that will pay off this season.
Do I think this current Pacer team can win a championship? Yes, I do. As of right now would I predict them to? No. Keep this in mind though. That Pacer squad in 03-04 that won a league best 61 games (and if I remember correctly didn't lose more than once before they won again) just lost Brad Miller who was an all-star in 2003. Who thought the Pacers would go on to win 61 games after that? I wouldn't count out this Pacers squad to surprise some people this year either.
No, this team really needed to swing for the fences. That means offering a max contract to Gordon, making a real push for Nash, and keeping much of their core. I know it's difficult and improbable but that is the only way I see this team as a real title contender.
Right now, no. But we can win the Central, and work it out from there from a favorable position with home court for a couple series.
If we get Scola, instead, I may start hoping for something better...
The ceiling for this group if we stay healthy and the Miami Heat stay healthy is IMO the ECF... If the Heat lose 1 of the Big 3 (wade), we will have a shot at NBA Finals...
However, if we can win an amnesty bid on a backup big (brand, scola), our depth can overcome the Heat... Reason being, they still have no answers at the 5 for Roy, and Bosh and Lebron can't hold down the frontcourt for 7 Games against a team with this much talent and depth at the 4 and 5... Just saying we've got a shot...
Last season we were widely considered one of the deepest teams in the NBA even though, we all know our second team couldn't score vs Air... This second team, this year will have a punch to it and will clearly be a strength for this franchise!!!
Maybe not this upcoming season, but if we can keep a majority of our young core intact I think we can compete with the big dogs with 2-3 years of playing together with good continuity. I think if we can get focused and get used to playing with each other we could be the team no one wants to face in the post season. If we are to be competitive on the level of Miami and other super teams our veteran leadership will need to establish to our young players on what it takes to be a true professional.