This question was addressed in another thread briefly, but it got buried and I think it is a legitimate question. It seems to me that most of you are in favor of the Pacers getting better shooters. But this article in the Star from over the weekend, I believe proves the point that - the offensive problem for this team is not lack of shooting ability, but rather lack of players who can create good shots for the team. The Pacers are really easy to guard in the halfcourt, they rarely if ever have mismatches, they don't have a player they can go to to create something.
The pacers need more open shots - or I guess if they can get someone who shoots the ball well even they are guarded closely.
In a wildly erratic season of losing streaks and hot streaks, the Pacers have shown one area of consistency.
They shoot well when they get open shots.
According to the coaching staff's calculations, they had hit better than 50 percent of their uncontested jump shots and 18 percent of their contested shots entering Friday's game.
The same appeared to hold true against the Hawks, as the Pacers shot 51 percent through the first three quarters before faltering in garbage time.
Getting more uncontested shots out of its offense would improve life for a team that ranks seventh in scoring but just 22nd in field goal percentage.
"It has to do with decision-making," O'Brien said. "Pass when you're covered, shoot when you're open."
O'Brien said some contested shots are inevitable when the 24-second shot clock is about to expire, but ball movement and sharp cuts can minimize those situations.
"In the NBA, no team ever shoots better than 35 percent on challenged shots," he said.
I believe one reason why the Pacers have wild swings within games and often loses leads in the 4th quarter is because in the 4th quarter defenses increase their intensity, they force more halfcourt play and it is more difficult to get shots in general. And adding a good shooter isn't going to help much, but adding a creator will. Of coruse this flaw will haunt us in the playoffs even more.
getting back to my original question, of course it would be nice to have both better shooters and better creators