So the pacers have alot of wings at the moment. Any talk on here of the pacers aquiring a new wing has been quickly shot down but, lets take a look at our wings.
Danny Granger, He is our number one guy now but, he isn't the ideal true franchise player many fans in indy think he is. Granger improves his scoring every year besides last year because of an injury. One thing that doesn't improve noticeably is his rebounding and assist. Even his defense hasn't improved much. Danny is a fine player and i love having him but, he is a Robin and if we could get danny a batman then we would have 20more wins. But we aren't getting a batman anytime soon so danny is our guy for now.
Dunleavy will be gone at some point. so there is one wing you can take out of our long term plan.
Rush, some fans on here think he could be in a traded because he is inconsistent and a wildcard. You can count on rush being in trade talks next year if he doesn't drastically improve his output this year. So rush is a questionmark plus he is 25. these are suppose to be his prime years. It is 50/50 on weather he will be with us as a longterm core player.
D.jones is 29. He is a good defender but, defense only works as a team and a defensive minded coach. Run and gun teams never have lockdown D. Suns had there problems along with golden state these past years and so on. So how much is d.jones really worth to us? I dont see him in our core group of wing player. I rather see him deep on the bench and guarding players who other player on the team cant in key situations.
then we come to our draft picks paul and lance. paul may not develop into a start or key contributor for 3 years if at all. He is some what of a question mark since we drafted him on pontential. lance was a steal and looks like he can be effect for us and our core group of guys down the road so he will have a spot.
I cant speak for everyone but, our wings dont look too appetizing at the moment or down the road at this point. some have potential some have questionmarks.
So if rush doesn't show he can be a starter this year then we better make a splash in FA for a starting wing player or hope we have a guard by then and can draft a wing player like terrance jones who is the next best wing next to harrison barnes. I dont want to go into 2011 with DG, a ? in rush, d.jones, paul who is a longterm project and lance. no way we can win more then 30 games with d.jones first off the bench or possibly starting.
Here are next years wing FAs
jamal crawford. 30yrs old and will want a contract in the ten mil a year range
Tayshaun Prince, i like him alot especially on D. not sure what type of deal he will want though
michael redd, if you can get him for the right price he could have a big upside
not a whole lot of options at wing for FAs that are worth the contract they might want. So this time next year the pacers could be in the same situation trying to aquire good talent for our backcourt. trades are always possibly but, we haven't made a trade in 2yrs.
We could need another PF next year too depending on how tyler and mcbob do. rolle could suprise people but, we will need another pf at some point.
The pacers may need to address bigger problems next offseason then this offseason with our guard situation.