NBA Offseason Report Cards: Part III
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By Chris Sheridan
August 22, 2012 at 8:47 PM
NBA OFFSEASON REPORT CARDS. Click here for Part I and here for Part II.
Donnie Walsh is back at the helm for the Indiana Pacers
INDIANA PACERS – Donnie Walsh is back, Larry Bird is gone, Roy Hibbert is staying, and – lest anyone forget – they had the Heat down 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals (reminder: Dwyane Wade vs. Erik Spoesltra). Darren Collison, who wasn’t happy after losing his job to George Hill, has been swapped out for D.J. Augustin. They snapped up Gerald Green, who had the best season that no one noticed last year after joining the Newark Nets at midseason. Brooklyn wanted to keep him but couldn’t offer the money the Pacers could. Ian Mahinmi has been brought in to spell Hibbert. Every single one of those moves fortifies a sneaky good team that starts Hibbert, David West, Hill, Paul George and Danny Granger. They are 38-1 to win the title, a factoid lotto players and other take-a-flyer gamblers should be aware of. They will win their division easily over Chicago and be the No. 2 seed in the East. More analysis here.