I’ll be honest, I’ve been suggesting this for a while now. But it hasn't been as painfully obvious of a conclusion before last night's game.
Throughout the entire season, the few bright spots we’ve had, have come with Tyler, AJ, Head, and sometimes Hibbert’s play. The vets simply aren’t getting the job done. They aren’t winning, at this point they aren’t even competing.
We’re currently asking Djones to do something he can’t do, be the MAIN offensive threat. We’re currently asking Dun to play quite a bit, despite the fact that something is clearly wrong. We’re playing Murphy because his stats look good, but the guy just simply loses. And we’re playing TJ, supposedly because we want to get rid of him, but every time the guy steps on the court his trade value decreases.
The veterans aren’t even competing. And they aren’t expected to be here in 2011. Bottom line, there performance thus far has given the Pacers no reason to continue playing them.
A lineup of Price, Head, Rush, Tyler and Hibbert. With Watson, Djones, McRoberts, and Solo getting the primary backup minutes, with Dun WORKING HIS WAY UP to a good amount of minutes he can handle, and remembering not to play Djones with a group that can’t score. Would be the most beneficial towards the pacers play.
1. It develops the kids, with Djones, Watson, and Dun being a solid veteran presence.
2. They’ll play hard. Will there be growing pains, you better believe it. But I’ve watched the younger guys, they compete. They play hard. They hustle. Most people can live with losing, if the guys doing the losing are at least competing and playing to their ability.
Indiana’s most likeable players, are the younger players. Tyler is already the fan favorite. Many of the vets aren’t going to be here in the future. Wouldn’t it make sense to expose the fan base to the future?
If Pacer fans watch the kids go out and play hard and compete. They’ll enjoy the team. Watching “the kids” will give fans more pride in their team because, as said, they’ll be playing hard, but also every positive moment will give fans an optimistic view of the future. It makes sense to play the guys that are going to be here in the long run. Fans need to identify with the players. Put a likeable team on the floor, and fans will be more likely to get attached to them.
This is really important because the Pacers are continuing to lose fans. Fans have nothing to cheer for. The Pacers aren't competing for a championship. They are barely competing in every game. Fans aren't seeing hope for the future either, as crappy veterans *TJ/Murph* are sucking up most of the playing time. Let fans "get to know" the youth on the team.
Fans could get attatched to Tyler's energy/hustle, McRobert's athleticism, the potential in Hibbert and Rush, AJ's maturity and leadership. As opposed to TJ's turnover proneness, and chucking, Murphy's lack of defense.
Bottom line. Pacer's aren't going to contend this year. They'll have a better shot of making the playoffs with a group that will at least look like they care. And the fans really need something to cheer for, and quite frankly hope for the future and energy of the kids is the best thing going for the Pacers.