Let me preface this by saying that I think that this Pacer team will make the playoffs this year.
To make the next step, the team needs to find some sort of identity. It seems like the Pacers go into the game not knowing who is going to step up. Individually, its easy to see that our players are not consistent. Look at the game logs for Dun Brush Danny DC and Big Boy Roy and its pretty clear that they can go off and have great games but they all struggle mightily at times.
I understand that every player struggles from time to time but until these guys settle into their roles and perform on a more reliable basis we will continue to be a 500 team.
Additionally, the team as a whole does not really have an identity. We win some games with our Defense (Heat, Lakers) and while our defense has improved we are far from a defensive team. Other games the Pacers revert back to their 09-10 self living and dying by the quick three.
The most disappointing part of this whole season has easily been the play of DC. I was expecting him to come in and perform at a consistent 18 ppg 9 apg level night in and night out. It infuriates me to see his potential being squandered. I understand that JOBs system does not lend itself to big assist numbers for the pg but I wish he could give DC a bit more freedom and control on the offensive end.
I feel that a consistent DC would make everyone else more consistent and would be the key to taking that next step. I hope that JOB gives him the chance to step up and he shows that he can be the leader of this team.