Ladies and Gentlemen, lets meet your 2012-2013 Indiana Pacers starting line-up:
George Hill- 14.2 ppg 4.7 apg 45% shooting
Lance Stephenson- 8.8 ppg 3.9 rpg 46% shooting
Paul George- 17.4 ppg 7.6 rpg 42% shooting
David West- 17.1 ppg 7.7 rpg 50% shooting
Roy Hibbert- 12 ppg 8.3 rpg 45% shooting
So whats changed? Well Paul George is a much better offensive player, and is still improving on that end. Gone is Lance as the 5th starter, but we insert C.J. Miles who can easily give us those offensive numbers in a starting role, Miles can just spot up and knock down 3's, which is no doubt a better fit for us. George Hill is going to take a bigger role offensively, and he can replicate these numbers if not improve on them. David West may not be as good no, but Paul George improving off-sets it, and D-West still proved he has it in the playoffs, averaging over 15 ppg on 50+% shooting. Finally that leaves us with Hibbert, who, unless you have been living under a rock, clearly did not play well with Lance. He didn't like Lance, and Lance probably wasn't a big fan of Hibbert's. Roy was a beast the 2nd half of this season, and without Lance now and us going back to our inside-out style, who's to say he can't replicate that?
Now onto the bench, in the 12-13 season, our bench was as made up of an Augustin/Young/Hansbrough/Mahinmi line-up. Which to be honest, was terrible. Our bench as of now, consists of a Watson/Hill/Scola/Mahinmi line-up. Is that bench great? No, but I think it is certainly better than the one we trotted out in 12-13, especially if Solomon Hill turns out to be as good as Vogel has described him.
Now for my final part, the results of each season. In 13-14 our most recent season, the Lance/PG led Pacers team took an old Miami team to 6 games and lost. In 12-13, the Pacers took a superior Heat team to the 13-14 one to 7 games, and lost on Miami's floor. So in a way, you could say our 12-13 Pacers were actually the better team than the 13-14 Pacers. So the bottom line to me is, why can't we be a better team than without Lance?