Well I will first and foremost preface this by saying that I fully understand that the 6 minute highlight clips are just....6 minute highlight clips. However, that being said, I can't help but notice a few pleasant and a few scary things.
I must come out and say that right now Mike Dunleavy appears to be 100%. The shot is falling, hes cutting and passing. Mike has always been one of the most consistent guys when it comes to moving without the ball. Too many times last year players could be found camping at certain points of the floor unless they had the ball or....I was about to say setting a screen, but that never happened.
I don't think Mike is in any danger of giving up the starters spot to Rush. If anyone comes after it, it will be George. But when he is on, Mike Dunleavy is very dynamic and hard to stop. A 6'10 shooting guard with length and decent ball handling skills are not very common. Hell he appears to be play better defense. However it could be because he is guarding Granger.
I am very frightened that Danny is going to spend a lot of time settling for the 3 again. He is going to be similar to Reggie in the aspect that he needs something to make him mad to start playing. There were a lot of differences between Reggie and Jordan, but one that may have had as much impact as anything was that Reggie saved his A game for the playoffs. Jordan brought it every...single...night.
I'm not expecting that from Danny. And I'm not seeing much to make be believe otherwise. Really Danny should be muscling Dunleavy around, taking him inside, forcing Mike to foul. Haven't seen that yet. I've seen some 3's and some stutter drives then pull ups. Danny has to get to the line for the Pacers to be successful. Jumpers dont do that.
Darren looks good, real good. We may actually finish some fast breaks this year. It has been unreal the past few seasons listening to how "the Pacers are a team that likes to get out and run." Dear God I've never seen a pro team botch so many fast breaks. 3 on 2, forget about the layup. We would slow it down waiting for a trailing 3. Darren seems to succeed more in those situations than what we are use too.
Finally, I've seen some good out of Roy, but probably not as much as I hoped. But to be honest as much hype that has surrounded his offseason, I'm probably being unrealistic.