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    NBA Season Preview: Indiana Pacers

    Matt Moore
    Sep 25, 2012, 7:55 PM EDT


    Last season: The Pacers made moves to become a top-tier team in the East and they worked out. Roy Hibbert and Paul George both took some big steps forward, while David West added the consistent scorer they were looking for and George Hill provided balance with Darren Collison, though the two didn’t work well together.
    The playoffs were kind of a proving grounds: Could this team, as constructed, compete? The answer was yes, to a point. The Pacers managed, in part on the back of the injury to Chris Bosh, to go up 2-1 over the Heat. They had them right where they wanted them.
    Then LeBron James and Dwyane Wade took over and that was that. But the Pacers learned a lot, and established themselves last year. The question is if they can take that to the next level this year.


    Key Departures: The Pacers traded Darren Collison to the Mavericks in a surprise move. Collison had been the better guard offensively than George Hill. But attempts to play the two together drew disappointing results. With Collison headed for a big extension and Hill locked up at five-years, $40 million, it made sense to move Collison, but there may be a drag on the Pacers’ offense if Hill can’t become more of a playmaker and distributor.

    Dahntay Jones was underused in Indiana and was sent off as a tag-along in the Collison trade. The Pacers also elected to let A.J. Price go, a pretty surprising move considering Lance Stephenson‘s boneheadedness and Price’s underrated production in limited minutes.


    Key Additions: Miles Plumlee, anyone? No? No? OK, then.
    The Pacers traded Collison and Jones for Ian Mahinmi, a center who saw time behind Brendan Haywood as backup center in the Mavs’ championshp run and who actually played a big part in those Finals. Mahinmi gives the Pacers another true big to throw at Miami, and a better replacement center for Roy Hibbert, something crucial when the big guy gets in foul trouble.
    They brought in D.J. Augustin on a cheap deal, getting a starting point guard (yes, it was the Bobcats) for a discount. Augustin will provide more of a pure-shooter point gaurd and can work with the second unit to help bridge the gap. Augustin’s also not a bad defender.
    Gerald Green showed that he’s learned how to play last year and had a fantastic half-season with the Nets. The Pacers added him and he gives them an athletic three to bring off the bench, something that was missing last year. They have a fast, sleek second unit now, the opposite of last year’s reserve crew.


    Three keys to the Pacers season:

    1) Finding something that works offensively. The Pacers are yet another East team with a terrific defense and a horrid offense. They’re also yet another team with a lot of versatile, young talent and no superstar. Danny Granger keeps regressing in a distressing manner, Paul George is still a complimentary player, and David West is no longer at an age or health to carry a team. They need to find something consistent to turn to offensively they can rely on, and that may wind up having to be Hibbert. That idea is met with a lot of chair-squirming across the league.


    2) George Hill has to figure out who he is. He was a jack of all trades in San Antonio and did a little of that last year. But the Pacers need him to be excellent in some regard. It can be defense, it can be off the dribble scoring, it can be perimeter shooting, but he’s going to have to give them consistent, excellent play in some regard. They need something to spark them and Hill may have to be it. They’ve committed to Hill as “the guy” at point guard. He has to play like it.


    3) Let the big dogs eat. David West is a cold blooded assassin. Roy Hibbert had several games last year that he absolutely dominated the opponent. Too bad no one saw them. They have Mahinmi for depth, a more veteran Tyler Hansbrough, they’ve got some muscle. The Pacers are one of the few teams in the East with legit size. They need to rely on that and not be a team of perimeter wing jump shooters. They’ve got to create more efficient offense, and they’re without a real playmaker. So that means high-percentage buckets close to the rim. The bigs have to get possessions.


    How it likely works out: This is the second best team in the East going into the season. Not Boston with its new bench or the Nets with their deficit-buster payroll or the Knicks with their drama. It’s quiet, consistent Indiana, and there is no reason going into the season that they shouldn’t make the Eastern Conference Finals. They landed third last season and wound up with the unfortunate second-round match-up with Miami. They need to get the second seed, make the ECF, then see what they can do against a tired Miami team. No more growth. No more development. The Pacers have arrived. Sink or swim time.


    Prediction: 56-26. There’s no reason the Pacers can’t play at a higher level with a more versatile roster and less of a dropoff on the bench. Superstars may dominate the postseason, but great team defense and size advantages help you win any ballgame. The Pacers should be the No.2 team in the East.

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    NBA Season Preview: Indiana Pacers

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    Sep 25, 2012, 7:55 PM EDT


    Last season: The Pacers made moves to become a top-tier team in the East and they worked out. Roy Hibbert and Paul George both took some big steps forward, while David West added the consistent scorer they were looking for and George Hill provided balance with Darren Collison, though the two didn’t work well together.
    The playoffs were kind of a proving grounds: Could this team, as constructed, compete? The answer was yes, to a point. The Pacers managed, in part on the back of the injury to Chris Bosh, to go up 2-1 over the Heat. They had them right where they wanted them.
    Then LeBron James and Dwyane Wade took over and that was that. But the Pacers learned a lot, and established themselves last year. The question is if they can take that to the next level this year.


    Key Departures: The Pacers traded Darren Collison to the Mavericks in a surprise move. Collison had been the better guard offensively than George Hill. But attempts to play the two together drew disappointing results. With Collison headed for a big extension and Hill locked up at five-years, $40 million, it made sense to move Collison, but there may be a drag on the Pacers’ offense if Hill can’t become more of a playmaker and distributor.

    Dahntay Jones was underused in Indiana and was sent off as a tag-along in the Collison trade. The Pacers also elected to let A.J. Price go, a pretty surprising move considering Lance Stephenson‘s boneheadedness and Price’s underrated production in limited minutes.


    Key Additions: Miles Plumlee, anyone? No? No? OK, then.
    The Pacers traded Collison and Jones for Ian Mahinmi, a center who saw time behind Brendan Haywood as backup center in the Mavs’ championshp run and who actually played a big part in those Finals. Mahinmi gives the Pacers another true big to throw at Miami, and a better replacement center for Roy Hibbert, something crucial when the big guy gets in foul trouble.
    They brought in D.J. Augustin on a cheap deal, getting a starting point guard (yes, it was the Bobcats) for a discount. Augustin will provide more of a pure-shooter point gaurd and can work with the second unit to help bridge the gap. Augustin’s also not a bad defender.
    Gerald Green showed that he’s learned how to play last year and had a fantastic half-season with the Nets. The Pacers added him and he gives them an athletic three to bring off the bench, something that was missing last year. They have a fast, sleek second unit now, the opposite of last year’s reserve crew.


    Three keys to the Pacers season:

    1) Finding something that works offensively. The Pacers are yet another East team with a terrific defense and a horrid offense. They’re also yet another team with a lot of versatile, young talent and no superstar. Danny Granger keeps regressing in a distressing manner, Paul George is still a complimentary player, and David West is no longer at an age or health to carry a team. They need to find something consistent to turn to offensively they can rely on, and that may wind up having to be Hibbert. That idea is met with a lot of chair-squirming across the league.


    2) George Hill has to figure out who he is. He was a jack of all trades in San Antonio and did a little of that last year. But the Pacers need him to be excellent in some regard. It can be defense, it can be off the dribble scoring, it can be perimeter shooting, but he’s going to have to give them consistent, excellent play in some regard. They need something to spark them and Hill may have to be it. They’ve committed to Hill as “the guy” at point guard. He has to play like it.


    3) Let the big dogs eat. David West is a cold blooded assassin. Roy Hibbert had several games last year that he absolutely dominated the opponent. Too bad no one saw them. They have Mahinmi for depth, a more veteran Tyler Hansbrough, they’ve got some muscle. The Pacers are one of the few teams in the East with legit size. They need to rely on that and not be a team of perimeter wing jump shooters. They’ve got to create more efficient offense, and they’re without a real playmaker. So that means high-percentage buckets close to the rim. The bigs have to get possessions.


    How it likely works out: This is the second best team in the East going into the season. Not Boston with its new bench or the Nets with their deficit-buster payroll or the Knicks with their drama. It’s quiet, consistent Indiana, and there is no reason going into the season that they shouldn’t make the Eastern Conference Finals. They landed third last season and wound up with the unfortunate second-round match-up with Miami. They need to get the second seed, make the ECF, then see what they can do against a tired Miami team. No more growth. No more development. The Pacers have arrived. Sink or swim time.


    Prediction: 56-26. There’s no reason the Pacers can’t play at a higher level with a more versatile roster and less of a dropoff on the bench. Superstars may dominate the postseason, but great team defense and size advantages help you win any ballgame. The Pacers should be the No.2 team in the East.
    I agree with much of what is said here because I think the Pacers are well built for the regular season and they will be one and done or possibly win one round in the playoffs. I don't think their record will be as good as this group does. I predicted 48-34 some time ago. The could go three or four games either way and they will come up way short of that with a major injury.....

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    The Pacers also elected to let A.J. Price go, a pretty surprising move considering Lance Stephenson‘s boneheadedness
    This is a totally unfair depiction of Lance, isn't it.

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    This is a totally unfair depiction of Lance, isn't it.
    Considering that Lance is still more well known, even to Pacers fans, for what he's done OFF the court rather than on it, no I'd say it's right on.

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    This is a totally unfair depiction of Lance, isn't it.
    In what way?

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    In what way?
    His 1st season here, maybe. Last year, were there any issues to speak of?

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    He seemed too emotional during this last summer league. Not sure he'll handle things well when it counts.

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    I agree with much of what is said here because I think the Pacers are well built for the regular season and they will be one and done or possibly win one round in the playoffs. I don't think their record will be as good as this group does. I predicted 48-34 some time ago. The could go three or four games either way and they will come up way short of that with a major injury.....
    LOL you think this team is only 6 wins better than last years 42 wins in a shortened season? someones logged to many miles in the RV.
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    He seemed too emotional during this last summer league. Not sure he'll handle things well when it counts.
    I dont think thats a fair assessment, he put alot of pressure on himself in summer league because he looked at himself as the man and leader on that team. He won't have to worry about it like that in the regular season.
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    I'd say it's fair. For every good play, he let's it go to his head immediately and makes multiple mistakes after that. However, the last game we saw him play and put up a big game against the Bulls...I think that's the Lance that comes out next year.

    This team could be scary good next year. So excited. Really going to tear the league up with my Pacers in 2K13...a precursor to the actual season.
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    High expectations... kind of tough after Miami I think there's a whole group of teams that could be separated by 1-4 games, in the end.

    "Augustin will provide more of a pure-shooter point gaurd and can work with the second unit to help bridge the gap. Augustin’s also not a bad defender."

    Everywhere else says he is in fact, bad. Guess we'll see.

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    High expectations... kind of tough after Miami I think there's a whole group of teams that could be separated by 1-4 games, in the end.

    "Augustin will provide more of a pure-shooter point gaurd and can work with the second unit to help bridge the gap. Augustin’s also not a bad defender."

    Everywhere else says he is in fact, bad. Guess we'll see.
    And most of the comments by the coaching staff have noted Augustin's playmaking abilities, not his shooting. Let's hope we finally have us a distributor.
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    I say the biggest key to the team's success is if Paul George will start to be more aggressive. He has so much talent, great hops, and he's 6'10. He's the x-factor to the Pacers' title hopes
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