Fall has begun which sucks because I love the summertime. However it means its time for basketball season to begin! That is how I get through the winter time.
So anyways what are you going to keep a close eye on this season for the Pacers around the NBA?
For the Pacers there are a number of things i'm curious to see.
Finally, some quickness at the point guard spot! Sure he is small but he is still a good point guard. I like what he brings to the table. I just hope he can stay healthy. I think everyone will be very impressed with what he does for us this season.
I try not to expect much from rookies but I still want to see how these guys do. Both have a lot of playing experience in college and should be more NBA ready than most. I would like to see them play and make an impact but again I try not to expect much from rookies.
How everyone does after a year in Jim O'Brien's system
I expect Danny and Mike to have about the same production as last season, just on a better team. I look for more from Troy Murphy. Hopefully he can be a double double guy. I would love that.
How all of the new guys adjust
We have a lot of new guys who will be key players for us. To me we only have maybe half of the rotational players who were with us last year, Danny, Mike, Troy, Jeff, and Marquis. So we have a lot of new guys which means some adjusting time.
We played like what? Half of last season without our best player, Jermaine, and our most important player, Jamaal. We nearly made the playoffs and with some new faces should mean improvement. Hopefully we can get there.
As far as around the NBA i'm curious to see:
Both are Central Division teams, Bulls (Vinny Del Negro) and Pistons (Michael Curry) and they have first time head coaches. It will be intresting to see how those teams do.
The Bulls were a dissapointment to all last season. It will be interesting to see what a fresh face on the sidelines can do for them.
The Pistons had another really good year but went without a championship. Goodbye Flip and hello Michael Curry. There were talks of some roster moves but no major moves were made. It will be interesting to see how this team does. I don't know if they can have a better regular season. Can Curry do a better job of coaching them in the playoffs?
I think both will be fine head coaches, especially Curry.
They were good last year but now they added Ron Artest for pretty much nothing. We know all about Ron, i'm sure he will screw things up before too long. However for his first season he might not screw things up for them.
I always wanted to see Battier/Artest together. Two of the very best defenders in the game.
Injuries will probably be what holds this team back, like always.
Rick Carlise will bring a fresh approach to that team. It sounds like he is trying something different on offense this year.
He has plenty of talent to work with, that's for sure. Kidd/Dirk/Howard. Plus Jason Terry, Stackhouse, etc.
The question is how much does Jason Kidd have left in the tank?
I think that Carlise can re-energize this team and they could win their division. It's really tough though with San Antonio, New Orleans, and Houston all in there.
Those are what I am looking at this season. I don't care about the defending champions or any of that. Its pretty wide open this year, just like last.