C - Greg Oden
PF - Zach Randolph
SF - Jared Jeffries
SG - Eric Gordon
PG - Rajon Rondo
Larry Hughes (PG), Courtney Lee (PG), Brad Miller (C), Mike Conley (PG), Rodney Carney (SG), George Hill (PG), Brian Cardinal (SF), Sean May (PF), Josh McRoberts (SF), Bonzi Wells (SG), Chris Thomas (PG).
Rajon Rondo is from Louisville, Ky., which is just a short drive south of Indianapolis on I-65. Brian Cardinal hails from Illinois, but right near the Indiana border and having played at Purdue, heís a natural fit for the Pacers. St. Louis native Larry Hughes is a Pacer because Indianapolis is 40 miles closer to the Lou than Memphis is.
With a bevy of young, talented point guards (Rondo, Courtney Lee, Mike Conley and George Hill), a scoring machine (Eric Gordon) and a potential Bill Russell-like defensive presence (Greg Oden), the Pacers have a nice youthful core with massive upside. Mix in crafty veterans Zach Randolph (Marion, Ind.) and Brad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and the Pacers could have an Eastern Conference contender in the making. But it all depends on Gordon and Odenís development.