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Why the Pacers will win the NBA Championship next year
Nope. Excellent coach coming in to one of the most talented rosters in the NBA. not surprised at all. (I mean maybe 61 wins was a little higher than most predicted, but I would guess 58 was the consensus
. Here is what some experts from SI thought.
Aldridge: East: Detroit and Miami. West: San Antonio and Minnesota. Ballard: East: Miami and Indiana. West: San Antonio and Minnesota. Burns: East: Detroit and Indiana. West: San Antonio and Minnesota. Forrester: East: Detroit and Indiana. West: San Antonio and Houston. Hollinger: East: Indiana over Detroit, because Jamaal Tinsley won't get hurt this time. West: San Antonio over Dallas -- Barry gives the Spurs a new alternative when Tony Parker starts playing crazy. McCallum: I hate to be obvious and unoriginal, but I like Detroit and Indiana in the East and San Antonio and Minnesota in the West. Thomsen: East: Detroit and Miami. West: San Antonio and Minnesota.
Not sure if the Pacers will win "next season" but for this season, I don't see the Pacers in the elite with Heat, Thunder, Lakers. Those three are the class of the NBA - I'd be shocked if the champion isn't one of those three. Pacers would do well to be in the second level teams.
UB that article you linked was from after the 61 win season.