Cain in New Zealand:
As a Pacers fan I feel our future lies mainly with Paul George and Roy Hibbert as building blocks. Can a team built around them be a title contender?
If any players on this roster are ever going to be All-Stars, those are the two players with the best opportunities. I think we all know at this point that George is one of my favorite young guys in the league from a personal standpoint, and nobody is rooting harder for him to succeed than me, but the hype of him as some huge star... I just haven't seen the flash quite yet. Not saying he won't get there, just that I haven't seen it yet.
It's kind of the same thing for Hibbert. There are maybe two players in the league taller than him, and there are few guys in the league over 7-feet-tall that have his talent on both ends of the floor. I'm not sure what he's missing, but there's something just not clicking there yet. Again, would love to see it, but I don't know.
I still think signing David West and maybe Jamal Crawford would make Indiana one of the toughest teams in the conference. I really do. Collison's going to have a much better year, Hansbrough showed his flashes after the coaching change, and George Hill is a fantastic addition. With West and Crawford they've got playoff experience and All-Star level veteran help. I'm hoping those are signings they're able to pull off.
From there, yeah, George, Hibbert, Hill, Collison, Hansbrough... that's a core for the next eight years. Throw in West and Crawford for the first four of those eight, and you've got yourself something really, really interesting. And all of this without saying anything of Danny Granger... Looking forward to covering some more Pacers games next season, for sure...