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2013 Indiana Pacers

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Indiana Pacers (Last Year: 49-32)

2012-13 Season Summary:
We learned a few things about the Pacers this year. With their current core, they are capable of competing for an NBA Championship. Paul George is on pace to become a superstar. Roy Hibbert was well worth the max contract he received last summer.

It's rather impressive that Indiana was able to take the Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals even with the Pacers' supposed star player Danny Granger sidelined for pretty much the entire season due to a knee injury. With Granger in street clothes for all but five games, George took the torch and had a breakout season earning the NBA's Most Improved Player Award and developing into one of the most versatile and talented young players in the league.

Hibbert took a step forward in becoming a monster presence in the paint on both ends of the floor, but particularly defensively. What he might have lacked on the offensive end, David West (aka king of the 15-foot jumper) picked up the slack, bouncing back from a rather lackluster 2011-12 campaign. The bench play up front was marginal. Tyler Hansbrough and Ian Mahinmi brought energy and toughness, but not a whole lot of skill, while first-round draft pick Miles Plumlee (I gave an F- to that pick on draft night) was pretty much useless.

Fresh off his contract extension, George Hill posted career-highs in both points and assists to become the true floor leader of the team. With Granger out of the lineup, Frank Vogel moved George to the three and turned to Lance Stephenson to take over as starting shooting guard. "Born Ready" seemed to figure out his role with the team, adding toughness and a defensive aggressiveness on the wing. Once again, the reserve play was average at best as free agent acquisitions D.J. Augustin and Gerald Green did nothing to amaze.

2013-14 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Roy Hibbert/Ian Mahinmi/Miles Plumlee

PF: *Tyler Hansbrough/*Jeff Pendergraph

SF: Danny Granger/Gerald Green

SG: Paul George/^Lance Stephenson/Orlando Johnson

PG: George Hill/*Ben Hansbrough

NBA Free Agents:

PF-David West (UFA)

PG-D.J. Augustin (UFA)

G/F-Sam Young (UFA)

^SG-Lance Stephenson (TO)

*PF-Tyler Hansbrough (RFA)

*PF-Jeff Pendergraph (RFA)

*PG-Ben Hansbrough (RFA)

2013-14 Team Salary: Approximately $50 million

NBA Offseason Team Needs:

1. Power Forward: Priority No. 1 for the Indiana Pacers this offseason should be re-signing David West. With him being an unrestricted free agent and Tyler Hansbrough a restricted free agent, Indiana has a hole at power forward. Lacking the cap space to really make a run at any upgrade in free agency, West is a terrific fit due to his experience, toughness, and ability to hit mid-range jumpers. It might once again cost the Pacers in the ballpark of 10 million dollars per year to keep him but that wouldn't be a terrible extension.

2. Shop Granger: Granger's trade value took a major hit this past season due to his problematic knee injury. If West ends up walking, Indiana might be forced to trade Granger for 50 cents on the dollar in hopes of finding a replacement at the four. After the way George and Stephenson played this past postseason, Granger has become expendable, plus he entering the final year of his contract.

3. Backup Point Guard: D.J. Augustin plugged this hole for a year, but really didn't perform well enough to make the Pacers want to re-up him to a multi-year deal. If they choose to let him walk, finding a backup to George Hill will become a priority for Indiana once it figures out its power forward position.

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Open 01-02-2014 12:50 am (total posts: 1)
4     2

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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)
25     54

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)
33     28

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.

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