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2012 NBA Offseason: Indiana Pacers

Draft Grades, Offseason Needs, Free Agents

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Indiana Pacers (Last Year: 42-24)

Live 2012 NBA Draft Grades:

26. Miles Plumlee, C, Duke: F- Grade
Yup, a F-. I don't care if Plumlee is an athletic, seven-footer ... did anybody see him play at Duke? He was worthless. No wonder Larry Bird resigned at Indiana. I'm sure he threw a fit when their GM wanted to draft Miles Plumlee. This seems so un-Pacers-like, even though they do need depth in the middle.

36. Orlando Johnson, G, UC-Santa Barbara: C Grade
The Pacers acquired this pick from the Kings. I'm kinda "meh" on Johnson, but he could add some needed scoring punch off the bench for Indiana. Doron Lamb or Will Barton would have been more to my liking with this pick.

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Open 01-02-2014 12:50 am (total posts: 1)
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Austin 06-29-2012 03:05 pm (total posts: 1)
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Yea you know nothing, Bird made this pick....
Tim Seward 06-29-2012 10:34 am (total posts: 1)
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Full Disclosure. I am a huge Pacers fan. I love the Plumlee pick. I am a huge fan of drafting for need and not taking best available player. We needed a blue coller banger that would knock people around when Hibbert is on the bench. Plumlee fits that to a tee. I think you are dead wrong with this pick. He IS Jeff Foster. We drafted for need and I think that was the right thing to do. I don't get Johnson. I thought Lance Stephenson was going to play a bigger role this year and they are basically the same player. Where does Johnson fit with Stephenson stepping up his game and taking minutes?
Volder 06-29-2012 08:37 am (total posts: 1)
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Walter. Obviously you know nothing about the Pacers. Bird ran this draft. This was his pick
WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 06-28-2012 10:06 pm (total posts: 2)
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PJ III was still available along with Lamb and Green. Why in the world are we taking Miles Plumlee??? I want to light something on fire right now...
WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 06-28-2012 10:06 pm (total posts: 2)
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PJ III was still available along with Lamb and Green. Why in the world are we taking Miles Plumlee??? I want to light something on fire right now...
Jothi 06-15-2012 04:55 am (total posts: 1)
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I'm not easily imperessd. . . but that's impressing me! :)
mprofetta 06-24-2011 11:39 am (total posts: 1)
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I love the trade. Backup PG was a screaming need and Hill can also play alongside Collison when the Pacers want to go small. I like Leonard, but IND already has a rangy, defensive SF in James Posey. This is one of those deals that should work out well for both parties. The Pacers are clearly the 2nd best team in their division...and getting better.
Stuck In MN 06-24-2011 10:48 am (total posts: 1)
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Its a typical Kevin McHale draft. Get ready for 5 years of this.
invisibulman 06-24-2011 08:24 am (total posts: 1)
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We gave up way too much for Hill. I'm not sure Leonard on his own wasn't better than he is. Giving up the 2nd rounder and Lorbek was just plain dumb.
Malik W. 06-24-2011 02:47 am (total posts: 1)
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George Hill gets to come back home.
Keith 06-23-2011 10:20 pm (total posts: 1)
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i loved the trade, i think it could be a steal for the pacers, since Hill played so well when tony parker went down due to injury.
Fitz 06-23-2011 09:29 pm (total posts: 2)
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I guess we don't have to wonder anymore. Traded to the Spurs for George Hill. I like the trade because i think Hill and Collison are both better when they are sharing the load at PG
will 06-23-2011 09:09 pm (total posts: 1)
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Kawhi Leonard has been traded to SA for George Hill.
invisibulman 06-23-2011 09:07 pm (total posts: 1)
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I smell trade bait. Easy BPA available. It's the right pick.

2011-12 Season Summary:
The long-term plan the Pacers put into effect a couple of seasons ago is starting to pay off. By building through the draft, not overpaying free agents, and making smart transactions, Indiana has become a relevant team in the Eastern Conference. For the first time since 2004-2005, the Pacers finished with a winning record and advanced past the opening round of the playoffs.

Though not nearly as productive as he was when he averaged almost 26 points per game four years ago, Danny Granger remains the alpha dog for Indiana. His scoring dropped to less than 19 points per game, but that�s because of the better supporting cast surrounding him.

Paul George improved from his rookie season, becoming that all-around threat due to his versatility. Darren Collison was solid, though not spectacular, in running the point, while first-year Pacer George Hill provided a huge lift off the bench, eventually replacing Collison as starter. The team also stole Leandro Barbosa from the Raptors prior to the trade deadline, only giving up a second-round pick for a gifted bench scorer.

Roy Hibbert continues to make strides as he is developing into one of the better centers in the Eastern Conference. The former Georgetown Hoya even made his first All-Star Game appearance this season. Free agent acquisition David West returned from a season-ending injury the prior year and added experience and leadership to this young Pacers team. He was solid on the floor as well, though his numbers didn�t come close to his output when he was with the Hornets.

The frontcourt depth - and overall depth in general - was an area of concern. Tyler Hansbrough was solid off the bench, and Louis Amundson brought solid energy and hustle to the floor. Neither guy possessed a whole lot of size, so the Pacers ran into trouble against bigger, more physical teams. Prior to Barbosa�s arrival, guys like Dahntay Jones, A.J. Price, and Lance Stephenson were seeing significant minutes off the bench but failing to produce at a high level.

2012-13 Projected Depth Chart:

C: *Roy Hibbert

PF: David West/Tyler Hansbrough/Jeff Pendergraph

SF: Danny Granger

SG: Paul George/#Dahntay Jones/$Lance Stephenson

PG: *George Hill/Darren Collison/*A.J. Price

NBA Free Agents:

*C-Roy Hibbert (RFA)

*PG-George Hill (RFA)

*PG-A.J. Price (RFA)

#SG-Dahntay Jones (TO)

$-SG-Lance Stephenson (PO)

SG-Leandro Barbosa (UFA)

F/C-Louis Amundson (UFA)

C-Kyrylo Fesenko (UFA)

2012-13 Team Salary: Approximately $34.8 million

NBA Offseason Needs:

1. Re-sign Roy: Roy Hibbert is a restricted free agent and has certainly outplayed his rookie contract. He is due a long-term extension, and since Indiana has the right to match any offer he signs with another team, expect the Pacers to open up their wallet and re-sign their center; even if it costs the team in excess of $10 million per year.

2. Extend Hill: George Hill is in a similar position to Hibbert in that he is a restricted free agent and due for a pay raise. Since Hill overtook the starting point guard position from Darren Collison in the postseason, Indiana will likely pony up the cash to keep Hill, and then possibly use Collison as trade bait to help upgrades other positions of need. If the Pacers are confident in Collison being their starting point guard, they could let Hill walk or just sign-and-trade him to get some assets in return.

3. Wing Scorer: With Leandro Barbosa being a short-term rental since he is a free agent, the team needs to find a serviceable replacement who can provide the same kind of scoring punch off the bench that Barbosa did. If the price is right, Indiana will consider re-signing the Brazilian, but certainly won�t overpay for his services.

4. Backup Big: Assuming the Pacers extend Hibbert�s contract, they still need to find a serviceable backup center since Louis Amundson is a free agent. Even if the 6�9" Amundson is re-signed, Indiana could use a true big man to bang inside against larger opponents.

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